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Owatonna Hospital therapy program covered by Medicare offers relief for leg pain

OWATONNA, Minn. (June 21, 2019) — What can you do about painful cramping in one or both of your legs, leg numbness, or weakness in your legs? If your doctor has told you that you have Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), there is a Medicare-covered therapy program that is designed to help.

What is PAD?

 It is a problem with the circulation that causes narrowing of the blood vessels in your legs. As a result of this narrowing, not enough blood flows to your legs when you are up moving around, so the symptoms show up most often with walking. Typical symptoms include painful cramping in one or both legs and leg numbness or weakness, as mentioned above.

What causes PAD?

 Smoking, diabetes, obesity, family history, or a history of coronary artery disease can all be contributing factors to developing Peripheral Artery Disease.

What is the therapy program that helps?

The Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) Program is specifically designed to address the symptoms of PAD by improving how you experience those symptoms and by delaying the onset or worsening of the symptoms.

 Physicians are now able to order SET for their patients with PAD at Allina Health – Owatonna Hospital. These services are provided in the outpatient Cardiac Rehab department at the hospital. Up to 36 sessions over a 12 week period are covered by Medicare if all prerequisites of the SET program are met.

 For more information on the Owatonna Hospital SET program, call 507-997-2168. Additional details on the SET program are available online here.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.