Many people with chronic lung diseases slowly lose the ability to function
normally. Shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, fatigue and sometimes
panic attacks interfere with everyday tasks such as walking, performing
household chores, climbing stairs and even taking a shower.
As a result, patients may experience:
- Limitations in physical activity
- Impaired performance at work
- Dependence on others for help with daily activities
- Anxiety or depression
- Frequent visits to doctors’ offices and the emergency room, as well
as hospital stays
- Other medical problems associated with chronic lung disease
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program helps improve the well-being and overall
quality of life for people with chronic breathing problems.
Those who benefit most from pulmonary rehabilitation are adults who are
increasingly limited in everyday activities due to chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, pulmonary
fibrosis, bronchiectasis, environmental and occupational lung disease,
and post-operative lung surgery.
The program incorporates physical reconditioning (exercise), self-care
education including how to reduce risk of lung infection, breathing strategies,
and techniques to help participants improve their ability to carry out
activities of daily living, all in a supportive setting that promotes
social interaction and emotional well-being.
The exercise component of the program is tailored to each participant’s
individual needs. Most often, the exercises involve both the arms and
legs through use of a treadmill, recumbent bicycle, arm ergometer, stationary
bike, and weights. The exercises are designed to improve endurance and
muscle strength to help participants better carry out daily activities.
During class, participants are closely monitored by a multi-disciplinary
team that helps each individual reach his or her goals.
Along with physical reconditioning, a number of educational topics are
covered in Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
- Lung Anatomy and Disease/ Medical Tests
- Breathing Retraining
- Safety and Travel with Oxygen
- Benefits of Exercise
- Airway Clearance / Infection Control
- Energy Conservation
- Emotional / Social Well Being
- Respiratory Medications
- Smoking Cessation
While Pulmonary Rehabilitation can’t cure lung disease, it does help
individuals make the most of the lung function they have.
Program Referral and Insurance
Although most patients are referred to our program by a physician, patients
can still contact us directly. A physician’s prescription for pulmonary
rehabilitation is required to participate. Most insurance plans cover
a significant portion, if not all of the cost. Upon referral, we will
verify patient eligibility for insurance coverage and any copayments that
To schedule an appointment with a Lower Bucks Hospital Pulmonary Rehab,