Breathing Easier with Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary rehabilitation at our hospital can slow the progression of long-term pulmonary diseases, like emphysema and COPD.
How rehabilitation can make a difference
Through an individualized treatment plan, including advanced assessment, supervised exercise and education, patients learn how to manage their condition, live better and avoid future health problems.
Pulmonary rehabilitation can reduce shortness of breath; improve endurance and increase independence and quality of life.
Program benefits to patients and families
Unfortunately, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma continues to increase in the United States. COPD and related conditions can pose serious roadblocks to a person’s quality of life. By participating in our pulmonary rehabilitation program, patients can experience the following benefits:
- Ability to do more activities
- Ability to exercise more
- Fewer trips to the emergency room and fewer days in the hospital
- Improved communication with physicians resulting in better disease management
- Improved quality of life
- Improved self-esteem
- Less anxiety and depression
- Reduction in the severity or frequency of respiratory symptoms
How the pulmonary program works
The pulmonary rehabilitation program provides comprehensive services for patients who no longer need to be hospitalized, but continue to benefit from medical and therapy intervention. Patients receive a minimum of two therapies, and work to maximize their independence through the following:
- Breathing exercises
- Education in balancing daily activity with breaks and rest
- Education in monitoring and managing symptoms
- Education in use of medications including inhalers and oxygen
- Endurance and strengthening exercises
The program offers therapy two to five days a week with visits typically lasting several hours. Outpatient therapy is available for patients who require one therapy or less frequent multiple therapies. Outpatient services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, aquatic therapy and disease management education.