Monticello Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Lung Disease Treatment at Kirby Medical Center

Kirby Medical Center is pleased to present a new service within our Outpatient Therapy Department designed to help those living with lung disease breathe easier –Phase II and Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

  • Phase II Pulmonary Rehab– Participants in this program meet with their therapist twice a week to perform special lung exercises. These exercises may be done while wearing a heart monitor. Therapists will instruct participants in various ways to improve their condition through bronchial hygiene, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and respiratory medication.
  • Phase III Pulmonary Rehab – Certain patients may continue their rehab after completing Phase II if it is determined that their condition would benefit from additional supervised exercises.

The exercise physiologist, registered nurse, and respiratory therapist managing rehabilitation programs are all ACLS certified.

Who Can Benefit From Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation can help patients suffering from various forms of lung disease. Given that most forms of lung disease make it difficult for patient’s to breathe, exercises are specially crafted at a pace that is safe. This could be as short to 1 to 2 minutes at a time. Pulmonary therapists are given special training on how to carefully monitor their patients in order to differentiate between exhaustion that will naturally occur in exercise, and that which is the result of a dangerous symptom of their condition.

You may benefit from pulmonary rehab if you have been diagnosed with:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis

Many patients who undergo chest or lung surgery may want to consider pulmonary rehabilitation during their recovery. By the end of the program, participants should have tools to help them live a normal, productive life.

Call (217) 762-1830 if you would like to learn more about pulmonary rehabilitation at Kirby Medical Center.