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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66-72

Guidelines for the physiotherapy management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Government Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala, India

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Dr. Subin Solomen
Department of PMR, Government Medical College, Kottayam - 686 008, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/PJIAP.PJIAP_46_18

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The purpose of the article is to provide guidelines for the physiotherapy management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The various publications on the same topic were brought together with input from several textbooks in the field of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and translated into clinical practice. This article briefs with definition, risk factors, prevalence, clinical features, investigations, differential diagnosis, and management of COPD patient. Then, information on physiotherapy management during acute exacerbation phase and during stable phase is detailed. The article provides specific details on the rationale of why and especially how to implement exercise training in patients with COPD.

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