Paragon Healthcare offers a variety of services designed to implement and monitor each patients rehabilitation program. These services include:
Paragon Healthcare's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is for people with lung disorders. There is no worse feeling than being "short of breath". The Program seeks to slow down and minimize the progression of the debilitating symptoms of lung disease by combining exercise with education, breathing retraining, nutritional counseling and psychosocial support. Individualized programs can be set up for patients of all ages who suffer from any of a variety of lung disorders, such as: COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and fibrosis as well as for lung transplant and lung reduction candidates.
Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Include: Improvement in activities of daily living Decreased respiratory symptoms and complications Decreased anxiety and depression commonly associated with pulmonary disease Increased knowledge of pulmonary disease Reduced hospitalizations.
Paragon Healthcare’s Physical Therapy Program provides specialized evaluation and treatment of:
- Joint Pain and Dysfunction
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Functional Weakness
- Balance/Gait Dysfunction
- Sports/Recreational Injuries
- Post Surgical Rehabilitation
- Workers Compensation Injuries
- Automobile Accidents
- Neurological Disorders
Paragon Healthcare only employs licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, and provides hands-on, one-on-one care and attention to patients. Each team member was selected based on their innovative knowledge and training in the discipline of physical therapy.
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
Description - The patient places a clip over the nose and breathes through the mouth into a tube connected to a machine known as a spirometer. First the patient breathes in deeply, and then exhales as quickly and forcefully as possible into the tube. The exhale must last at least six seconds for the machine to work properly. Usually the patient repeats this test three times, and the best of the three results is considered to be the measure of the lung function. The results will help a doctor figure out which type of treatment to pursue.
Preparation - The patient should not eat a heavy meal before the test, nor smoke for four to six hours beforehand. The patient's doctor will issue specific instructions about whether or not to use specific medications, including bronchodilators or inhalers, before the test. Sometimes, medication may be administered as part of the test.