Pain Relief from Peripheral Artery Disease

BSA Outpatient Therapy Services offers the area’s only Supervised Exercise Therapy Peripheral Artery Disease (PADSET) Program to patients suffering from leg pain while walking.

What is PAD?

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) occurs when the blood vessels transporting blood from the heart to the extremities are narrowed or blocked due to a buildup of plaque. Those living with PAD experience pain, aches and cramping while moving the affected extremity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 8.5 million Americans over the age of 40 living with PAD.

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • A decrease in the temperature of the affected extremity compared to the rest of your body
  • Dead tissue
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue, heaviness or muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves while walking
  • Foot or toe wounds that won’t heal
  • Leg pain that doesn’t disappear after exercising
  • Poor toe nail growth or leg hair growth

You may be at higher risk for PAD if you:

  • Are African American
  • Are not physically active
  • Are over 40 years old
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have diabetes
  • Have had vascular disease, a heart attack or stroke
  • Have high cholesterol or blood pressure
  • Smoke

Your PAD Pain Relief Solution

The SETPAD program is a 12-week program with one hour sessions, three times a week. Individualized treatment plans are created based on your pain level, healthcare condition and lifestyle needs. Significant education and lifestyle management training are incorporated into the program.

Along with weekly exercise, you will receive education on how to make healthy lifestyle changes to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.

Who Qualifies:

You may qualify for the PADSET program if you are unable to walk without pain for 50 minutes or less, or if you have been diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease.

Prior to beginning the program, you must complete an on-site walking test at BSA Outpatient Therapy Services.

A physician referral is required. For more information, please call 806-212-0700.