Patient Makes Great Stride Thanks to Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Written by: Kelli Koch
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, March 7, 2011 – The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Southeastern Med aspires to improve the health and functional status of patients who live with chronic respiratory disorders. In recognition of National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 13-19, Southeastern Med’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff encourages those with a chronic lung disease to crossover from inactivity to activity, and become an active participant in life again.
Butler Justice, of Senecaville Lake, began pulmonary rehabilitation at Southeastern Med in February of 2009 with the goal to feel better and become more active. While hospitalized after heart surgery in September of 2008, Butler was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which refers to chronic bronchitis and emphysema, a pair of commonly co-existing diseases of the lungs in which the airways become narrowed.
“I was constantly out of breath and could barely do 5 minutes on any exercise machine when I first started rehab,” Butler said. “But now, I am able to do between 50-60 minutes on any machine.”
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is for patients with chronic lung disease, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma. It includes education, emotional support, exercise and breathing retraining, and it’s a safe, rewarding way to help those with a chronic lung disease:
- Reduce shortness of breath;
- Increase exercise tolerance and ability to perform normal daily activities;
- Increase understanding of their particular lung disorder;
- Use proper breathing techniques;
- Reduce the possibility of hospitalizations; and
- Increase self-reliance and independence.
The primary goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to improve the quality of each patient’s life. “I am very grateful to the pulmonary rehab group at Southeastern Med,” Butler said. “Daily tasks that had become difficult for me to handle on my own are now more manageable. I am able to mow my own lawn again, tend my garden and go fishing everyday. It doesn’t matter how down you may feel one day. The pulmonary group will cheer you right up and keep you motivated.”
Whether you were recently diagnosed with a pulmonary disease, have been living with a condition for years, or are trying to prevent disease, an appropriate program is available for you. Southeastern Med’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program helps people with moderate to severe breathing problems overcome the physical limitations resulting from their disease.
Upon physician approval, the program begins with a comprehensive evaluation by the medical center’s expert pulmonary rehabilitation team to develop an individualized treatment plan. Typical treatment plans include a combination of supervised physical exercise, disease education, environmental and nutritional counseling and support to overcome the fear, anxiety and frustration which typically accompany breathing conditions.
For more information about Southeastern Med’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, talk to your physician or call the pulmonary rehabilitation staff at Southeastern Med at 740-439-8528.