If you have pulmonary or cardiac problems, you might struggle to get enough
oxygen from the air you breathe. If you’ve had heart, lung, chest or
abdomen surgery, it might be more difficult to draw a deep breath, move
around or use your arms due to pain from your surgical incision or chronic
Our therapists can help your recovery after surgery and advise you on how
to resume or begin an exercise program. In fact, some patients benefit from
physical therapy before their planned operation.
Conditions We Treat
Congestive heart failure
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Our therapists will also assess your oxygen levels to determine the right
amount of oxygen you will need at home when resting or with activity, and
help to get oxygen delivered to your home. We will also work with you to
design a home program that you can continue with for the long term.
Depending upon your condition, recommended therapies may include:
Conditioning exercises to improve your overall endurance
Strengthening exercises using weights, resistance bands or body weight
Exercises to help strengthen breathing muscles and retrain your
Techniques to help cough and clear mucous
Walking, cycling, using a treadmill or stationary bike
Our physical therapists can help you transition to a program at your local
YMCA, health club or community center.