Pulmonary rehabilitation is a monitored exercise and education program designed to improve the health and quality of life for those with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Pulmonary rehabilitation can:
- Increase endurance and reduce shortness of breath with daily activities
- Decrease and/or help you better manage your symptoms
- Help you manage anxiety and depression
- Help decrease ER visits and hospitalizations due to COPD
For more information or to request a referral, speak to your doctor.
What is pulmonary rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an outpatient treatment program for individuals with moderate to very severe COPD who have been referred by a physician. The program consists of 19 visits, each lasting 1 hour 45 minutes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for approximately 6 consecutive weeks.
Each patient will begin with an individual assessment, including medical history, physical assessment, breathing tests and 6 minute walk test. These assessments help the therapist to tailor the sessions to meet your needs.
After the individual session, you will be scheduled into a small group for the remainder of the program. Each group session consists of routine checks of vital signs, an education portion, and an exercise portion. You will be continuously monitored by a therapist while in the class.
We will also teach you breathing techniques to help reduce shortness of breath and maintain acceptable oxygen levels with activity. You will develop a home exercise/activity plan to continue building on your progress.
How do I enroll?
Either your primary care physician or lung doctor will refer you to the program by sending orders to the pulmonary rehabilitation department.
What do I have to do?
Your physician will order an x-ray, and a pulmonary function test if you haven't had these tests within the past year. Once completed, the results will be sent to the pulmonary rehabilitation department for review. If you're found to be a candidate for the program, we will verify insurance coverage and then we will call you to set up your individual appointment 1-2 weeks before the next group sessions are ready to start.
How can pulmonary rehabilitation help me?
Conditioned muscles are less demanding on your heart and lungs, so simply by beginning and continuing an exercise program, you will be putting less demand on them. You may find that your daily activities are less exhausting and that you're less short of breath when doing them. You will learn about COPD and how to better manage your condition.