Physiotherapists can be helpful for people with chest pain and/or severe pain that needs to be managed through physical therapy, but it can also be a time to be cautious about physical therapy as it can put you at risk for developing a life-threatening condition, according to a study released Tuesday by the American College of Sports Medicine.
Physiotherapist Dr. Dariush R. Dias and colleagues from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida examined data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to understand the rates of chronic chest pain (CPP), pain-related morbidity (PROD), and PROD-related mortality.
“We found that in a given year, there were 4,912 cases of CPP and 2,084 PROD deaths in the US, representing a total of 1,087,000 persons with CPP or PROD,” the authors wrote in their study.
The study, published in the American Journal of Sports Med, focused on CPP, which is the most common type of acute or chronic heart failure and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.
“Patients who are symptomatic for CPP should be considered for further follow-up, and for the development of appropriate physical therapy to manage CPP symptoms and the underlying cause,” the researchers wrote.
As a doctor who specializes in treating CPP patients, Dr. R.
Dias said the data provided an opportunity to look at the prevalence of these conditions and how people who are at high risk of developing them are treated.
In addition to chronic chest and back pain, he added, CPP can also lead to chronic low back pain or arthritis.
COPP, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a chronic disorder that can occur in one or both lungs and causes chronic lung disease, as well as pneumonia and pulmonary embolism.
Patients with CPM may also experience a variety of other health problems including kidney, bladder, or stomach problems.
While the incidence of CPM is higher in the elderly, the study noted that the prevalence among younger people is lower.
A number of factors can increase the risk of a person developing CPP.
Chronic kidney disease, which can cause kidney stones and may also cause chronic bronchitis, is associated especially with older people, the researchers noted.
One of the most important ways to treat CPP is through physical therapists.
“Physiotherapy can be an important component of treatment, and it is important to be aware of the potential risk of complications of physical therapy,” Dr. K.K. Singh, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the University Hospitals of Southern California, said in a press release.
“However, there are some physical therapy providers who do not have adequate training and equipment.”
Dr. Dios, who was not involved in the study, noted that it’s important to talk with a physical therapist about any issues you may have and what you can do to reduce the risk.
He said physical therapists should also look at patients who are not physically able to manage the symptoms.
“The key to treatment of CPPM is to keep patients healthy and healthy enough to work and work and improve their quality of life,” he said.
If you or someone you know is experiencing chest pain or severe pain, contact your health care provider.
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