Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of respiratory conditions that cause difficulty breathing due to airflow obstruction by mucus. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the two most common forms of COPD. Symptoms of COPD include:

  • Shortness of breath that worsens with movement or activity 
  • Fatigue 
  • Wheezing or a feeling of tightness in the lungs
  • Cough
  • Increased mucus production 
  • Increased incidence of respiratory infections and hospitalization  

COPD is progressive, which means that it worsens over time, but can be treated.  Physical therapy and occupational therapy can play a vital role in the management of COPD. Rehabilitation focuses on building strength, endurance, and using energy conservation techniques, including breathing pattern training to reduce shortness of breath and maximize functional independence.  Please contact Right Step Therapy to schedule an evaluation and follow up treatment for your COPD symptoms.