What is pulmonary rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for people with chronic lung disease. It can help you feel better when participating in daily activities. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help if you have:
- Chronic lung disease, such as COPD, asthma or pulmonary fibrosis
- Frequent shortness of breath and fatigue
- Low exercise tolerance
- Oxygen therapy requirements
- Recent lung surgery
A provider referral is required to participate. Ask your primary care provider or specialist if pulmonary rehabilitation can help enhance your health and well-being.
Certified rehabilitation program
Trust ProHealth for high-quality pulmonary rehabilitation that helps you recover faster and improve your quality of life. Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
Pulmonary rehabilitation care team
Lean on your team of experts at ProHealth to help you live better with lung disease. Work with professionals who understand your daily challenges and want to help you reach your goals. Your team may include:
- Board certified pulmonologist
- Exercise physiologist
- Registered nurse
- Respiratory therapists
Personalized exercise program
Pulmonary rehabilitation may be recommended by your primary care provider or specialist as an important part of your treatment plan. You’re unique and so is your body's reaction to lung disease. At your first appointment, our team will review your medical history and check your ability to exercise. You’ll receive a personalized exercise program to fit your needs and goals.
Patients can attend rehabilitation sessions two to three times a week at the gym on the ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital campus or at the ProHealth Medical Group clinic in Oconomowoc. Your exercise physiologist will check your blood pressure, breathing and oxygen saturation.
Your sessions will include stretching, exercise, education and personal guidance. As your strength increases, your workout recommendations may change.
Lung disease education
When you have more knowledge about your condition, you can manage it better. Gain information and understanding about how to:
- Exercise at home.
- Become more self-reliant.
- Manage stress and anxiety.
- Manage oxygen therapy.
- Eat nutritious foods to improve your health and well-being.
- Take medications and use inhalers.
- Use proper breathing techniques.
Maintain your success after rehabilitation
Stay motivated and feel your best after you complete the pulmonary rehabilitation program. Take part in a maintenance program at ProHealth. You can continue to use the gym and receive ongoing support from our staff.