Here’s some encouraging news for anyone with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating condition which can result from smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s chance of developing a heart attack or stroke, and in some cases resulting in limb amputation. Medicare is now going to cover the cost of a relatively new type of physical therapy known as treadmill therapy, once recommended and supervised by a health care professional.
With limited treatment options, people battling with PAD encounter pain and cramping in the legs described as “feeling as if their leg is in a vise,” according to University of Minnesota’s Diane Treat-Jacobson. Prescription drugs have proven unsuccessful in reducing pain, and while stent or bypass operations can help, they’re costly and come with their own related risks. The latest research is demonstrating that treadmill physical therapy can be equally effective, at a significantly lower cost, and with Medicare on board to pay for that cost, a lot of rehab centers are getting ready for a wave of patients willing to give it a try.
The hope is that other insurers will soon follow suit and offer coverage for treadmill therapy, which is often the case when Medicare covers a treatment option. At present, over 2,000 hospital-based rehabilitation facilities are preparing to provide treadmill exercise sessions to those whose physicians prescribe and oversee them.
Given that those with PAD usually restrict physical activity because of leg pain, the advantages of this type of physical therapy go beyond decreased hospitalizations and cost savings to strengthening heart and lung health, lengthening the distance a person with PAD can walk with no pain, and even potentially extending length and quality of life.
If your senior loved one is one of the 8 million Americans fighting the challenges of PAD, or any other condition that makes living at home independently difficult, contact Atlanta Home Care Partners. We can provide assistance in numerous ways, including:
- Providing transport and accompaniment to physical therapy treatment as well as other healthcare appointments
- Assisting with jobs at home, such as light housekeeping and washing clothes
- Preparing nourishing and tasty meals
- Running errands like purchasing food and prescriptions
- Providing encouragement for seniors to participate in physician-approved exercise programs
- Providing warm and friendly companionship – someone with whom to take walks, delight in favorite hobbies and pastimes, and to become more actively engaged in the world around them
- And much more
Call us at (404) 228-0103 to learn more about our customized Atlanta in-home care for seniors and enhance quality of life for your loved one!