This month one of the health topics being highlighted is Pulmonary Health. If you have been diagnosed with COPD, sarcoidosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or cystic fibrosis, Pulmonary rehabilitation may be beneficial to your health. Pulmonary rehabilitation, also called pulmonary rehab or PR, is a broad program that helps improve the well-being of people who have chronic (ongoing) breathing problems. PR also can benefit people who need lung surgery, both before and after surgery. PR does not replace medical therapy. Instead, it's used with medical therapy and may include: 1) Exercise training 2) Nutritional counseling 3) Education on your lung disease or condition and how to manage it 4) Energy-conserving techniques 5) Breathing strategies 6) Psychological counseling and /or group support. PR involves a long-term commitment from the patient and a team of health care providers. The PR team may include doctors, nurses, and specialists. Examples of specialists include respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians or nutritionists, and psychologists or social workers. PR often is an outpatient program based in a hospital or clinic. Some patients also can receive PR in their homes. When you start PR, your rehab team will create a plan that's tailored to your abilities and needs. You'll likely attend your PR program weekly. Your team also will expect you to follow your plan, including exercises and lifestyle changes at home. PR has many benefits. It can improve your ability to function and your quality of life. The program also may help relieve your breathing problems. Even if you have advanced lung disease, you can still benefit from PR.
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