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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation at North Suburban Medical Center

Pulmonary rehabilitation, or the restoration of improved lung and respiratory function, is a team approach that includes education, exercise and support to help control symptoms of pulmonary disease and to improve your quality of life. Benefits of pulmonary rehab include:

  • Improvement in personal independence
  • Improvement in ease of breathing
  • Decrease in coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Increase in energy, strength and endurance
  • Increase in ability to participate in daily activities with decreased stress
  • Reduction in hospital admissions and/or physician visits

At North Suburban our rehabilitation program brings the very best physicians, therapists and care teams together to provide you with an effective rehabilitation care plan. Rehabilitation involves a specialized team depending on your condition. Patients can expect a combination of high- and low-intensity exercise designed to improve lung function, education about influencing factors such as medications, oxygen therapy and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and emotional and personal support to help see you through your rehabilitation plan.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is prescribed for patients that have some form of pulmonary disease. Examples of such diseases include:

Individuals that participate in a pulmonary rehabilitation program must:

  • Receive a recommendation from their doctor
  • Have chronic yet stable lung disease or conditions
  • Complete a pulmonary function test
  • Experience a shortness of breath with regular everyday activities
  • Have expectations of measurable improvement
  • Be physically able, motivated and willing to participate.