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
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
- 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.