The other day I received a blog in my Google Alerts from Nursing Times.net with the title, ” COPD Linked to Walking Problems.” I thought to myself, what? And of course I had to read on to see what it said.
From the blog:
“An American study of 31,000 patients aged 40 to 90 years old examined the association between physical activity, the severity of disease and severe walking abnormalities, such as shuffling or limping. The scientists found that severe COPD almost doubled the risk of walking problems.”
“This suggests that disease severity can contribute to mechanical outcomes of patients with COPD. In addition, decreased physical activity levels were significantly associated with all COPD severity levels with the exception of mild COPD. The association between altered gait and COPD status may be due to the presence of physical inactivity that is present in patients with COPD. Future research directions should include investigating more closely the mechanical outcomes of persons with COPD.”
What do you think? Do you think walking problems can be associated to the prescence of physical inactivity in COPDers? I’d like to hear your thoughts.