Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, and support for people with Lung Disease. The goal is to help each person to breathe—and function—at the highest level possible. Along the way each individual is empowered to understand, live with, and control the disease.
At Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients work with a team that will design an individual plan to steadily improve their physical condition and stamina. They also learn how to self-manage COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) to stay healthy and active long after course completion.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary program and should be included in the overall management of patients with lung disease. A respiratory therapist is uniquely qualified to function as the leader of a successful Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. At Coryell Memorial we take a team approach that includes physical therapy, nutritional services, respiratory therapy and regular oversight from Pulmonologist, James A. Barker, MD.
To enter the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, patients must be referred by their doctor. Pulmonary function tests are required in order to confirm the presence of lung disease. At Pulmonary Rehab, patients learn about: breathing techniques, medications, nutrition, relaxation, oxygen use, travel, and a holistic approach to a maximized life with lung disease. Patients learn how to perform everyday tasks with less shortness of breath. They also learn how to stay healthy and avoid COPD exacerbations. Coping skills to help deal with changes that often come with having lung disease (such as depression, panic, anxiety, and others) are taught and emphasized. The pulmonary rehabilitation participant meets other people with COPD who have many of the same experiences, questions and feelings.
Those who complete Pulmonary Rehab have improved exercise tolerance and happiness. Research shows that many have much fewer visits to the doctor or hospital as well as improved quality of life and hopefully life expectancy.
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