Medical rollators are often prescribed to provide safe mobility for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD.
COPD refers to a group of diseases that result to breathing-related problems. Asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema are some examples of COPD.
Patients with COPD often report of fatigue, walking slower than people of the same age and having to stop walking to breathe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, people with this condition have difficulty walking compared to those who do not have this condition. The CDC reported that 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD.
As a result of the COPD symptoms, many patients reduce their physical activity. Other COPD patients refuse to leave their house because of breathlessness.
Health care professionals often prescribed medical rollators to alleviate the COPD symptoms. Here are the top reasons why the medical rollators are beneficial to COPD patients:
1. Increase walking tolerance
Medical rollators can increase walking tolerance as it has a seat where the patient can sit and rest from to time. Walking is very important to remain physically active. Walking with the rollator is cheap. Health care professionals often encourage walking as it is the most accessible way to perform exercise.
2. Promote independent living
If walking is a problem, the medical rollators are prescribed to promote independence. This assistive device can free the user from human assistance.
3. Improve walking distance
Studies (Honeyman et al.; Wesmiller and Hoffman; Solway et al.) showed that the use of medical rollators by COPD patients improved walking distance. Another study by Probst et al. showed that patients with this condition improved walking distance because of increased ventilatory capacity. Improved walking distance was also attributed to better walking efficiency, the Probst study showed.
4. Alleviate shortness of breath
The above-mentioned studies also found that this assistive device alleviated dyspnea, especially in the more severely impaired COPD patients. Dyspnea is defined as the shortness of breath.
5. Low cost
This assistive technology can keep patients active and independent without hurting their pockets.