The Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) Pulmonary Rehabilitation program helps improve the wellbeing of adults who are increasingly limited in their everyday activities due to emphysema, COPD, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung surgery and environmental or occupational lung disease.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps people become stronger, breathe easier, and enjoy activities again that had become difficult because of their lung condition. As a pulmonary rehab patient, you will participate in physical reconditioning, self-care education, breathing exercises and techniques that will improve your ability to carry out your daily activities. It will also help you reduce the risks and complications of lung irritation and/or infection, and promote social interaction and emotional wellbeing.
By participating in pulmonary rehabilitation, many people achieve a better understanding of their lung disease and learn methods for overcoming the breathing challenges they face. Our goal is to help you improve your quality of life.
Pulmonary rehabilitation takes place in a group setting and offers support from others who share many of the same concerns and goals.
You will learn how to:
Many people who participate in pulmonary rehab report a decrease in their symptoms, an improvement in their quality of life, feeling better able to cope with their disease or illness, and being able to successfully manage the emotions that often accompany a chronic lung condition.
Q: How do I get started in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program? click to open
A: If your doctor believes pulmonary rehabilitation is right for you, he or she will provide you with a formal referral or prescription. Once you have your referral, contact us by calling 503-338-4052 and we will work with you to schedule an appointment. The CMH Pulmonary Rehabilitation team will work together with your referring medical provider to outline a plan that is best for your specific condition and level of physical ability. Prior to starting the program, you may need to undergo a limited physical examination.
Q: Does insurance cover pulmonary rehab? click to open
A: Insurance coverage for Phase II pulmonary rehabilitation varies by the health plan. Check with your insurance company to verify coverage for outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation services.
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