COPD doesn’t just affect the ability to breath; it also affects energy levels. When you experience shortness of breath, you also have a lack of energy, which can lead to mobility issues related to COPD.
There’s no reason to feel like you can’t be active. The goal is to find tools that help manage your energy level. Learn how you exert energy and then capitalize on ways to save this energy.
Rather than forgo activities, talk to your doctor about whether a walker, wheelchair or power scooter is right for you:
- Walker: Whether you’re walking or standing, walkers can provide balance and help you conserve energy. Even when your body isn’t moving, it’s using energy just to stand there. One solution may be to use a walker with a seat so that instead of standing, you can sit and conserve energy.
- Wheelchair: More affordable than power chairs or scooters, manual wheelchairs are good options for those with a decent amount of upper body strength. Wheelchairs provide you with the opportunity to control your movement, though the rough terrain and inclines can be more challenging with manual models. Consider a power wheelchair if you have less arm strength or control.
- Power scooter: Power scooters offer more control with these efforts, as well as customizable options and accessories. Scooters can be less stable than a traditional wheelchair, particularly when moving quickly and taking corners. With power scooters, you also have to consider the battery, which requires charging and maintenance.
Though these tools can help with mobility issues related to COPD, it’s still important to do as much as you can for yourself, as physical activity increases muscle mass.
A great resource around the Phoenix area is the helpful staff at Power Mobility. We’re happy to answer any questions or discuss your mobility issues related to COPD. Contact us today!
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