While chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, does not currently have a cure, there are many effective treatment options for this condition. By taking away your ability to breathe properly, COPD can have a devastating impact on your quality of life. Time with your family, your job, your favorite hobbies and activities, and even your ability to do basic chores, can all be seriously disrupted.
How COPD Impacts Your Mental Health
One underreported aspect of COPD is the effect it can have on your mental health. Not only can chronic shortness of breath lead to increased anxiety, but also patients are at risk of depression due to the hopeless feeling that can result from ineffective treatments and decreased activity.
If you are dealing with COPD, it is important to keep a positive attitude and take a proactive role in your treatment. The following information about treatment options, including the cellular therapy we provide at Lung Health Institute, can help you work more closely with your care providers to find the relief you deserve.
What Are Typical COPD Treatments?
Upon diagnosing COPD, doctors may recommend the following treatment options:
- A smoking cessation program, if needed
- Oral or inhaled steroids
- A pulmonary rehabilitation program with exercise or an anti-inflammatory diet
- Antibiotics, in the case of chronic respiratory infections
- Oxygen therapy, which involves supplemental oxygen delivered through a portable tank
- Surgery, particularly for more advanced cases of emphysema
Stay patient as you work to find a combination of treatments that is right for you because the COPD treatment process can involve trial and error. One increasingly popular option for COPD relief is regenerative cellular therapy, which involves using a sample of a patient’s own cells to promote better lung function.
How Does Cellular Therapy Help?
Lung Health Institute uses cellular therapy with platelet-rich plasma-platelet concentrate (PRP-PC) to treat chronic lung disease, including COPD. Cellular therapy has allowed many people with chronic pulmonary conditions to find relief and get back to the life they’ve been missing.
If you’d like to learn more about our cellular therapy and other treatment options, such as our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™) plan packages, reach out to us.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.