Pulmonary Rehabilitation - Improving Every Breath You Take

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) at Fisher-Titus is a 12-week program, followed by an optional maintenance component.  A physician referral is required to enter the program. Most charges for outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation are covered by insurance. 

Our program designed for those who experience lung and breathing problems such as:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Lung Cancer and Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery before and after lung transplantation

Program Benefits

Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps you to improve your quality of life. Although it can’t cure your lung disease, it can help improve your breathing, allowing you to increase your daily function. PR also helps you:

  • Improve your energy
  • Build your endurance and strength
  • Increase your ability to exercise
  • Control your symptoms
  • Manage your stress, anxiety and depression

Program Details

Pulmonary Rehabilitation includes exercise classes and education about your lung disease or condition. PR may help you participate in activities with less shortness of breath and teach you how to “live” better with your lung condition. Additional education helps you:

  • Reduce and control breathing difficulties and other symptoms
  • Learn more about your disease, treatment options, and chronic disease coping strategies
  • Learn to manage your disease by understanding and using your medications properly
  • Maintain healthy behaviors such as smoking cessation, good nutrition, and exercise

Educational Programs 

Education classes focus on COPD as well as other chronic lung diseases to provide you with information about: 

  • Medications, including drug action, side effects, using an inhaler, and self-care techniques
  • Understanding and using oxygen therapy
  • Diet, nutrition and weight management
  • Breathing retraining
  • Importance of exercise
  • Strategies for managing breathing problems
  • Symptom assessment and knowledge about when to seek medical treatment 

Monitored and Supervised Exercise

A physical activity plan is tailored to your needs. Exercise will help improve your endurance and muscle strength, so you’re better able to carry out daily activities. 

Psychosocial Support

People who have chronic lung disease are more prone to depression, anxiety, and other emotional difficulties. Our program addresses these issues and offers support resources, if needed.