Pulmonary Rehab Evaluation/Enrollment

Board Certified Pulmonologists & Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physicians located in Joliet and New Lenox, IL

Pulmonary Rehab Evaluation/Enrollment

About Pulmonary Rehab Evaluation/Enrollment

If you struggle to get a full breath of air because of a chronic lung disease, see the specialists at Midwest Respiratory, Ltd. in Joliet and New Lenox, Illinois. The board-certified pulmonologists offer pulmonary rehab evaluation/enrollment to determine which lung rehabilitation program best suits you. Schedule an evaluation by phone or request one online today to get started.

Pulmonary Rehab Evaluation/Enrollment Q & A

What is a pulmonary rehab evaluation/enrollment?

Pulmonary rehabilitation evaluation/enrollment at Midwest Respiratory, Ltd. involves a medical evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine if you’re a candidate for a pulmonary rehabilitation program. The Midwest Respiratory, Ltd. experts tailor each pulmonary treatment to help you breathe easier and experience the best quality of life possible. 

Who is a candidate for pulmonary rehab evaluation/enrollment?

Diagnoses that may quality for a pulmonary rehabilitation program include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Previous lung cancer surgery
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis 
  • Pulmonary hypertension 
  • Asthma 
  • Other breathing issues and lung diseases

Pulmonary rehabilitation can minimize symptoms related to chronic lung diseases so you can breathe easier with more strength and fuller breaths of air. It can lessen anxiety and fatigue, reduce shortness of breath, and increase your ability to exercise and do activities of daily living.

What happens during pulmonary rehab evaluation?

During a pulmonary rehabilitation evaluation at Midwest Respiratory, Ltd., your provider discusses your medical history, medications, lifestyle, symptoms, and desired outcome. They check your vital signs, complete a physical examination, and listen to your breathing.

You might need to undergo lung function testing, imaging procedures, or additional tests to diagnose the cause of any breathing issues and develop an effective treatment plan. Your pulmonologist then determines if you’re a candidate for enrollment in a lung rehab program. 

What does pulmonary rehabilitation include?

Pulmonary rehabilitation may include one or more of the following:

  • Education
  • Condition-specific stretches and exercises
  • Nutrition or weight loss counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Medications
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Respiratory machine
  • Breathing devices
  • Inhaler 

You might complete workouts on a treadmill or stationary bike or lift weights. You can meet with your specialist one-on-one or in a group setting to learn how to mentally and emotionally cope with a lung disease.

You may attend pulmonary rehab several times weekly for 4-12 weeks, sometimes longer. Over time, it gets easier to breathe, exercise, and enjoy life to its fullest. Complete home-based exercises between lung rehab sessions to reap the most benefit from treatment, and take any medications as directed by your provider. 

To participate in pulmonary rehab evaluation/enrollment, schedule an appointment at Midwest Respiratory, Ltd. by phone or request one online today.