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IJCRR. 2015; 7(21): 19-24


PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR INTERMITTENT CLAUDICATION: A REVIEW ARTICLE

Preeti S. Christian.

Abstract
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) mainly occurs due to atherosclerotic stenosis or occlusion of the arteries of the lower limbs,
resulting in an impairment of blood flow to the legs. Patients with PAD have a significant reduction in their physical activities like
walking due to intermittent claudication. Intermittent claudication is a major symptom of Peripheral arterial disease. It is cramping
pain, aggravated by exercise and relieved by rest. It is because of atherosclerosis, fatty deposits blocking blood flow through the
arteries, which reduce blood flow to the muscles of leg. Treatments include stopping smoking, starting to physiotherapy, drugs
and surgery. This review of article found that physiotherapy can relieve intermittent claudication for many people. Exercise may
be better than angioplasty. Some other types of surgeries are available which are more effective than exercise, but they carry
more risks. Nowadays various modes of physiotherapy are available. It is advisable to start physiotherapy treatment with proper
guidance.

Key words: Intermittent claudication, Peripheral arterial disease, Atherosclerosis, Physiotherapy.



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