Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program designed for patients with chronic lung diseases including, but not limited to, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Sarcoidosis and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
All of these lung diseases cause patients to become short of breath particularly when they exert themselves. Often patients become short of breath with minimal activity. While medications may help control the symptoms associated with some of these diseases, most of them are not curable. Pulmonary rehabilitation acts as an adjunct to medications, meaning that it works to improve your breathing beyond what your medications can do.
The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to improve exercise capacity while educating patients about their disease and symptom management to decrease shortness of breath and improve quality of life.