Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program designed for people with chronic lung disease. Its primary function is to restore a person’s independence and function to enhance their day to day life. While some pulmonary rehabilitation programs focus primarily on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, all types of lung disease can benefit from Pulmonary rehabilitation.
Pulmonary rehabilitation programs can improve quality of life by reducing shortness of breath with activities, increasing exercise tolerance, and potentially decreasing the overall number of hospitalizations.
Typically pulmonary therapy programs can last for up to 8 to 12. However, the techniques learned during the program have to be continued at home after the rehabilitation program concludes to maintain the functional gains achieved during therapy.