Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at North Shore Medical Center uses a team approach to patient care. A pulmonologist serves as the program’s medical director, and our respiratory and physical therapists and nurse counselors are all specially trained. Pulmonary rehabilitation benefits people who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and individuals needing lung surgery, before or after surgery.
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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program


Physician Referral


Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Respiratory Therapy referral form

Once a referral and necessary medical records are received from your doctor, one of our staff members will contact you to discuss the program and schedule an initial visit. 

Most health insurance policies provide some coverage for outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation. You should contact your health insurance company to determine your coverage based on your diagnosis. 

Treatment

Individual treatment plans are established following a careful evaluation of a patient’s abilities and needs, and include the following:


Education

How lungs work, lung disease, oxygen therapy, breathing retraining, exercise guidelines, medications, healthy eating, energy conservation, environmental hazards, smoking cessation, and relaxation techniques.

Exercise Training

Under careful monitoring by a respiratory and physical therapist, patients participate in anaerobic segment where they use various conditioning equipment at a level tailored to their abilities. They might use a treadmill, stationary bike or rower to do exercises. They also use resistance equipment on a series of slow-paced exercises, which assists them in strengthening their muscles.

Support

Patient education programs, and meetings with a nurse counselor or in a group support setting. Patients are counseled about depression and anxiety, taught relaxation skills, and learn the importance of giving and receiving emotional support from others.