Our Cardiopulmonary Program promotes maximal levels of function for individuals with cardiopulmonary related health problems. Each patient is evaluated by a licensed physical therapist to establish baseline fitness levels and safety for exercise. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to transition patients from a medically supervised exercise environment to an independent gym or home-based activity program. This evaluation includes:
Review of past medical history and current condition
Cardiopulmonary response to activity – assessment of vital signs at rest and response to exercise (Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Oxygen Saturation)
Upper and lower extremity strength
General flexibility tests to identify joint and/or muscle impairments
Fall / Balance Risk
What will physical therapy include?
Improving functional capacity
Improving limitations noted in evaluation (e.g. increasing strength, range of motion, and balance)
Educating patients on recommended exercise parameters as well as safe physiologic response to exercise and activity
"I had an offroad motorcycle accident about 4 years ago and never got quiteright afterwardsI haven't been able to run and it got to the point walking down stairs became a huge challenge, because of the constant pain in both kneesAfter a complete workup by an orthopedic surgeon, the best course of action turned out to be a recommendation for physical therapy I was skeptical at bestI thought I was in pretty good physical shape and didn't really expect a lot of improvement Huge changeIn less than 2 months I feel like someone hasgiven me a new set of knees the pain I've been living with for the last 4 years is almost completely gone I'm truly amazed at how well physical therapy worked"