Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a comprehensive outpatient exercise and education program for individuals with chronic lung disease

If you have been diagnosed with COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, or any other chronic lung disease, your physician could refer you to our program.

Beginning with a complete evaluation by the pulmonary rehabilitation team and medical director, we will tailor an individualized education and exercise program to help you understand and cope with your disease and function more comfortably and independently.

Multidisciplinary Team

The pulmonary rehabilitation team has access to the professional expertise associated with Springfield Hospital. The participants include:

  • Medical Director
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Pharmacist
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist

 Management, Support and Education

The non-exercise portions of the program include stress management, group support, and education on various topics including:

  • Breathing retraining
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Activities of daily living
  • Warning signs of lung disease
  • Medications/inhaler use
  • Nutrition
  • Energy conservation
  • Anatomy of respiratory system
  • Home oxygen delivery systems
  • Advance directives
  • Yoga
  • Relaxation techniques

Individualized Exercise Programs

Our program consists of 24 sessions that include an exercise program designed specifically to fit the appropriate level of activity. The exercise program uses both upper body and lower body exercises and stretches. The exercise machines available include treadmills, arm ergometers, rowers, bikes, and Nusteps. The respiratory therapist and staff will monitor heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturations, breath sounds, and ratings of shortness of breath and exertion. Each session will include warm-ups, aerobic conditioning, lower or upper body strength training, and a cool down. The exercise workload will be based on your beginning evaluations and will be increased as you progress through the program. The medical director will attend several sessions and answer any questions or concerns that you may have at that time.

Getting Started

Those participating in the program are referred by their physicians. Participants must be medically stable and motivated to enhance their quality of life.

Once a physician referral is made, an appointment with the pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator will take place. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator will explain any necessary testing or functional assessments at that time. The tests that may be required are: complete pulmonary function test, lab tests, and chest x-ray. During your rehabilitation evaluation, you will be given a schedule of necessary testing. Evaluations by our Medical Director will follow the completion of these tests and evaluations by the occupational therapist and respiratory therapist.

An individualized home exercise program will be developed during rehabilitation with the assistance of the staff.

Our goal is to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to live better with chronic lung disease.  You will also find support and understanding from the pulmonary rehabilitation staff and other members of your group.

Financial Information

Our program is reimbursable through most major insurance companies. Prior approval may be required in some instances. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator will contact your insurance company to assure your coverage before your rehabilitation program begins. We also offer a financial assistance program at Springfield Medical Care Systems. Please inquire if you need assistance.

Contact Information 

For additional information, please call: 802-885-7421