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What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

7 Mar 2016
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What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

For people with a chronic lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary rehabilitation can serve as part of the treatment routine. The benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation are far reaching and can help improve your lung function. However, it’s important to consider the facts when deciding whether to begin pulmonary rehabilitation. With that in mind, keep reading to discover exactly what is pulmonary rehabilitation?

What is pulmonary rehabilitation?

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that combines exercise, education, and support to help people learn to breathe and function at the highest level possible. During pulmonary rehabilitation, you’ll work with a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists, who will help you work to improve your physical condition and learn how to manage your condition so that you can remain healthy and active after completing the course.

Keep in mind that you must be referred by your doctor and have spirometry test results within the last year that show you have a lung disease. Your pulmonary rehabilitation team will create a plan that is made to fit your needs and abilities, including exercises and lifestyle changes to continue at home.

What will happen during pulmonary rehabilitation?

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation

While you participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, you will first be assessed, which can be done by a nurse, respiratory therapist, exercise physiologist, or doctor. You will receive education on subjects to help you cope with your chronic lung disease. Under supervision by your pulmonary rehabilitation team, you’ll begin to learn and do exercises to help you feel better. Many programs offer assistance with smoking cessation and techniques to reduce stress. During pulmonary rehabilitation, you could learn about support systems and nutritional information. You may also learn exercises that you can do at home to continue your progress through self-management.

What are the main goals and benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation?

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Some of the main goals and benefits of participating in pulmonary rehabilitation include:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Help your shortness of breath
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance
  • Give education about your pulmonary condition
  • Improve your ability to cope with daily activities
  • Understand how to use medications and oxygen appropriately

There are a variety of pulmonary rehabilitation patient resources available, which can be found online, or you can ask your doctor.

What else can you do to improve your quality of life?

In combination with medications, oxygen, smoking cessation, and pulmonary rehabilitation, alternative therapies such as cellular therapy could improve your quality of life. By strengthening your lungs during pulmonary rehabilitation, regularly visiting your doctor, and trying cellular therapy, you could promote the healing of your lungs and bring your life back within reach. If you or a loved one has a chronic lung disease and would like more information about cellular therapy, contact the Lung Institute today by calling (800) 729-3065.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

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Each patient is different. Results may vary.