Peripheral Rehab Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

If intermittent leg pain and cramping are limiting your ability to stay active, you might be a candidate for the peripheral rehab services at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists. In the office in the Downriver area of Southgate, Michigan, the cardiovascular team supervises a customized exercise program to help you walk pain-free and improve your vascular and heart health. Find out if you’re a candidate for peripheral rehab today by calling Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists or by booking an appointment online.

Peripheral Rehab Q & A

What is peripheral rehab?

Peripheral rehab involves customized services that improve the health of your peripheral vascular system. 

The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists focuses their rehab services on improving the flow of blood to your legs to reduce symptoms like pain and leg heaviness that result from peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Other goals of peripheral rehab are to reduce your risk of needing an invasive vascular procedure and to improve the overall quality of your life. 

Why would I need peripheral rehab?

Peripheral rehab is a preventive treatment option if you have PAD or another type of vascular disease. 

PAD refers to a build-up of plaque in the walls of your arteries that can block blood flow to other areas of your body. As PAD progresses, and your blood flow isn’t what it should be, you might experience a variety of symptoms that interfere with your quality of life and mobility, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Leg heaviness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Skin ulcers

Ulcers can be slow to heal because of the lack of sufficient blood flow. If left untreated, the ulcers can result in the death of tissue (gangrene) and ultimately cause the loss of your limb through amputation. 

To prevent these complications, the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists customizes peripheral rehab services to your needs.

What can I expect during peripheral rehab?

Peripheral rehab involves medically supervised exercise training that lasts 30-60 minutes. These exercises focus on easing intermittent leg pain and cramping (claudication) due to poor blood circulation in your legs. 

The exercise plan involves walking and resting at certain intervals to train your leg muscles to utilize oxygen more efficiently. 

In addition to the exercise program, the Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists team also works with you on lifestyle changes to enhance the blood circulation in your legs. They recommend dietary improvements to further reduce your risk factors for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other conditions that can harm your cardiovascular health. 

You can expect to engage in therapeutic exercise training several times a week, and the team can determine how long your rehab program lasts depending on your health needs. 

Find out how peripheral rehab can improve your mobility and quality of life by calling Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists or by booking an appointment online today.