Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a blood circulation disorder most common in women between 13 and 50 years old. People diagnosed with POTS experience symptoms whenever changing positions from lying down and/or sitting to a standing position. Symptoms may include lightheadedness, fainting, exhaustion, a noticeable increase in heart rate and more. Sometimes patients with POTS experience other conditions also treatable in physical therapy, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
Physical therapy is prescribed for patients with POTS to develop improved endurance, practice exercises safely under a therapist’s watchful eye, and help reduce the onset of symptoms. Through building up tolerance by exercising in a upright position, patients improve their daily function over time and manage, or even eliminate, their symptoms.
Physical therapists treat every case of POTS with care and attention. Monitoring your response to exercise is of the utmost importance to ensure safety. We encourage your feedback during physical therapy sessions as well as during the time in between sessions, as it’s very important for us to know how you are feeling so we can give you the best care possible and help you reach your goals.
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with POTS, call 602-808-8989 to schedule an appointment today so you can start improving your function and Stay in the Game.
“Before I started therapy I couldn’t tolerate moderate – intense workouts w/o getting dizzy…I can now. I feel better about myself and can do workout classes I never thought I’d be able to do again.” – Christy C.