What is Pulmonary rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a supervised education and exercise program designed to help people with chronic (long-term) lung diseases. It will not cure your lung disease, but it can help you understand your condition and learn ways to reduce your symptoms, focus on your breathing, and improve your overall quality of life. Anyone with a chronic lung disease can benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Chronic lung conditions include:
- COPD, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis).
- Interstitial lung disease (sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis).
- Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery.
- Lung volume reduction surgery before and after a lung transplant.
- Cystic fibrosis.
- Pulmonary hypertension.
About pulmonary rehabilitation.
Our comprehensive program consists of two phases designed to meet your individual needs with education, exercise, and support.
Exercise, education, and teamwork to get you on the right track – Our outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation includes continuous pulse oximetry exercise training, education, and counseling to help individuals understand their lung condition, ways to improve their symptoms, breathing, and overall quality of life. Generally, classes are held two times per week for up to 36 visits. Each class typically varies between one to two hours in length.
Take charge of your continuing pulmonary rehabilitation – After the completion of outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation, our team can help you make the transition to our maintenance program where you will continue exercising with your pulmonary rehabilitation team, without pulse oximetry monitoring, for a nominal fee. Our team can also assist you with transitioning to a community-based independent exercise program.
Our pulmonary rehabilitation team.
Our staff uses a multidisciplinary team approach. Team members include a medical director, supervising physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and exercise physiologists. Your physician will be involved during all phases of pulmonary rehabilitation.
The education classes focus on COPD as well as other chronic lung diseases to provide information about:
- Medication and inhalers.
- Diet, nutrition, weight management, and the importance of exercise.
- Breathing exercises help maximize your lung function.
- Symptom assessment and knowledge about when to seek medical treatment.
- A physical activity plan tailored to your needs, with exercises designed to help improve your endurance and muscle strength to support your daily activities.
- Emotional and social assistance.
Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Benefit from reduced symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.
- Anticipate a longer lifespan and improved quality of life.
- Improve your ability to exercise and resume your usual activities.
- Build your confidence and well-being.