Publication Date

Spring 2015

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Russell E. Carter, PT, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Robin Washington, PT, Ph.D., CRC

Third Advisor

Rebecca K. Wojcik, PT, Ed.D., GCS


Background/Purpose: Obesity is a growing concern among the population of adults and children living in the United States. It costs the medical industry a great deal of money each year treating these patients, especially in those individuals classified as morbidly obese. The purpose of this study is to assess effectiveness of a cardiovascular based treatment plan on a deconditioned subject who suffers from complications resulting from morbid obesity.

Case Description: The patient described in this case study is a 65 year old Caucasian female admitted to the skilled nursing facility with complications resulting from morbid obesity, among other co-morbidities.

Interventions/Ouctomes Treatment was focused on cardiovascular based interventions with an aim to decrease body fat, improve functional exercise tolerance, and facilitate an overall better quality of life. Interventions included gait training, cardiovascular training, bed mobility and transfer training, and balance/neuromuscular training.


Abstract was created by OPUS staff from manuscript.