What to Expect

Your experience in pulmonary rehabilitation is guided by your desires and expectations. The program is tailored accordingly, but there are some common steps for each patient.

First, a respiratory therapist performs an assessment based on a each person’s physical condition, ability to cope with the illness, and goals for improvement of life. 

Based on this assessment, the therapist will begin with some minor lifestyle modifications that can have a major impact. For example, you will learn about certain foods that can actually increase your shortness of breath, and how the volume of food can affect the way you breathe. You will also learn about meal frequency and how that can have a positive or negative effect on breathing and general health. 

Next, the respiratory therapist teaches patients how to properly administer their breathing medications. Most patients need further instruction on how to administer their drugs, and this step helps ensure that the medicine will be delivered to the lungs properly, and the patient receives its maximum benefits. 

Upon completion of a pulmonary rehabilitation program, patients are encouraged and hopeful; they are equipped with knowledge, techniques, and ideas that will help them manage chronic lung disease instead of being overtaken by it. In fact, results have been shown to decrease the number of hospital visits and the length of stay in cases where the patient has been admitted.

Contact the pulmonary rehabilitation program so we can begin to partner in making life better for you. 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 
Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease 
American Lung Association