What is Pulmonary Rehab?
Pulmonary Rehab is an evidence-based, multi-disciplinary, and comprehensive intervention for patients with chronic respiratory disease who are symptomatic and often have decreased daily life activities. Integrated into the individualized treatment of the patient, pulmonary rehab is designed to reduce symptoms, optimize functional status, increase participation, and reduce health-care costs by stabilizing or reversing systematic manifestations of the disease.
Pulmonary rehab offers the best option for patients with symptomatic, chronic airflow diseases. It does not reverse or stop the progression of the disease; however, alleviating symptoms can benefit overall health and improve quality of life.
Who Will Benefit From Pulmonary Rehab?
Individuals with Obstructive Diseases such as:
• Cystic Fibrosis
Individuals with Restrictive Diseases such as:
• Interstitial fibrosis
• Occupational or environmental lung disease
• Postpolio syndrome
Individuals with Other Conditions such as:
• Lung cancer
• Pulmonary Hypertension
• Before and after thoracic and abdominal surgery
• Before and after lung transplantation
• Before and after lung volume reduction surgery
• Improve lung function
• Decrease symptoms and shortness of breath
• Improve energy, strength, and endurance
• Greater knowledge of oxygen equipment and pulmonary medications
• Reduce anxiety and improve self-reliance
• Reduce need for ER visits or hospital stays
• Return to work
• Better engage in daily activities
• Improve quality of life
• Control and alleviate symptoms associated with lung impairment
• Restore functional capabilities
• Learn breathing techniques, apply airway clearance, develop stress management, & relaxation techniques
• Teach patients how to achieve optimal capability to carry out activities of daily living
• Create a personalized plan to help you maintain general health and wellness despite lung damage
Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs include:
• Monitored and supervised exercises
• Education about your pulmonary condition, control of symptoms, medications, and oxygen
• Stress reduction and/or management techniques sessions
• Nutritional guidance
• Exercise counseling and training: Exercise increases ventilation and perfusion to meet your body’s demands. Training of respiratory-related muscles can improve exercise tolerance and oxygen utilization.
• Education: When combined with education, smoking cessation, and proper medication use, pulmonary rehabilitation offers the best treatment option for patients with symptomatic pulmonary diseases.
• Pharmacy education – medication
• Pain management
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