Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients have been diagnosed with chronic lung disease. The primary focus of Pulmonary Rehab is on controlling symptoms, minimizing further damage to your lungs and learning to most effectively use your lung capacity.
Pulmonary Rehab education focuses on lung anatomy and physiology, disease process, symptom management and specifically includes:
- Lung anatomy and physiology
- Lung disease process
- Pursed lip breathing
- Pulmonary medications
- Preventing infection
- Anxiety-breathlessness cycle
- Relaxation techniques
- Energy conservation
- Body position for better breathing
- Breathing techniques
- Nutrition and lung disease
Pulmonary Rehab FAQs
A: You must be referred by a physician. Our staff can help facilitate the referral process all you have to do is let us know your physician.
A: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis and pulmonary or cystic fibrosis. If you have a diagnosis other than COPD please contact us for more information.
A: It has been shown that people who have attended Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs understand and cope with their disease better, improve their exercise tolerance and are able to carry out activities of daily living with less difficulty. Other benefits may include reduction in anxiety and depression, improvement of self-esteem, decrease in hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
A: Our program is an 18 visit program and each visit about 1 hour.
A: Insurance coverage may vary but usually with the appropriate diagnosis insurance does cover Pulmonary Rehab.
A: Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
A: We encourage all patients to have an exercise plan in place prior to discharge. We offer a maintenance class for all graduates.