Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Pulmonary Rehabilitation teaches people with chronic lung disease to live and breathe easier.  The program teaches patients about lung disease and skills to help manage that disease.

The Program

Treatment takes place in small groups of 4-6 people.  All members of the group experience similar breathing problems allowing peer support during and after therapy.

The program meets 3 days per week for 3 hours each day for 8 weeks.

A team of specially trained medical professionals including a physician, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapist, and an exercise specialist leads therapy.

Patients receive an hour of treatment with each of the following therapies:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy

Types of Treatment

Occupational Therapy

Addresses making daily activities easier while teaching patients to pace activities appropriately.  Therapists will also encourage better posture and body mechanics.  Patients will participate in upper body strengthening and flexibility exercise.  Occupational therapy will also teach patients to handle stress and anxiety better.

Physical Therapy

With the help of new breathing techniques, patients will use cardiovascular exercises to help strengthen the heart and other muscles.

Respiratory Therapy

Teaches patients about lung disease and how to better manage the symptoms.  The class will also help teach patients how to appropriately use respiratory medications, new breathing techniques, and breathing exercise to help improve the function of the breathing muscles.

Who is Eligible for Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Anyone with a diagnosis of chronic lung disease, such as:

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic asthma
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Plus the following criteria must be met:

  • A recent pulmonary function test must be completed within 3 months of starting therapy
  • Results of a pulmonary function test (PFT) must show <60% for FVC, FEV1, or DLCO per insurance regulations
  • Must be a non-smoker
  • Continuous attendance, patients are only permitted to miss 4 days of therapy during the 8 week program

For more information call 859.367.7125

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