Pulmonary rehabilitation (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 the surgery.
PR doesn't replace medical therapy. Instead, it's used with medical therapy and may include:
- Exercise training
- Nutritional counseling
- Education on your lung disease or condition and how to manage it
- Energy-conserving techniques
- Breathing strategies
- Smoking Cessation support
PR is an outpatient program. 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.