Supervised Exercise Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

The most common symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the lower extremities is a painful muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising.

The pain of PAD often goes away when you stop exercising, although this may take a few minutes. Working muscles need more blood flow, while resting muscles can get by with less.

If there's a blood-flow blockage due to plaque buildup, the muscles won't get enough blood during exercise to meet the needs. The "crampy" pain (called "intermittent claudication"), when caused by PAD, is the muscles' way of warning the body that it isn't receiving enough blood during exercise to meet the increased demand.

Many people with PAD have no symptoms or mistake their symptoms for something else.

How to improve mobility?

Edgerton Hospital now offers a supervised exercise therapy program for people living with PAD. This program is designed to increase mobility, and also improve quality of life. By treating PAD, you'll be reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke, and amputation. 

Therapy sessions will meet 3x/week for 1-hour, including a 5 minute warm up and cool down. This program will last from 12 to 24 weeks. You will walk until you feel pain, then rest. Exercise training intensity will increase over time.

To view full program details, click here.

For more information, call 608-884-1396.