If you, or someone you know, has difficulty breathing, you may have heard the term Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). If not, you might be more familiar with some of the diseases that come under the COPD umbrella, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In this article, we will cover the differences between these diseases and the ways that COPD can be managed, with particular focus on how physiotherapy can help with this condition.
What is COPD?
COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. This results in increased difficulty to breathe. COPD is a progressive disease and does not currently have a cure. However, there are many things you can do to effectively manage the condition. This will help you to live a normal, active life, that isn’t limited by breathing difficulties.
COPD, Emphysema, Bronchitis. What’s the difference?
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