What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program designed to improve the quality of life for people suffering from lung diseases. The program consists of exercises, breathing techniques and education. The treatment is provided by certified Respiratory Therapists, who have years of experience dealing with COPD patients.
- Patient comes to our conveniently located clinic 2-3 times a week for 8-12 weeks.
Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation right for me?
- Sitting around doing nothing is one of the biggest mistakes a person with lung disease can make. Inactivity results in deconditioning of your muscles and a sensation of increased shortness of breath whenever you do something. Pretty soon you become almost chair-bound and may become increasingly depressed.
- We have seen many people with COPD who, barely walk 50 feet before Pulmonary Rehabilitation, can walk 10-15 times that far after participating in a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.
- If your lung function is reduced enough that you feel impaired in your normal physical activity and/or your job, you will benefit from a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.
What are the benefits?
Upon completion of a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, you will:
• Breathe better
• Have more strength, stamina, endurance
• Understand your disease process and medications
• Develop knowledge and techniques to deal with flare-ups
• Improve your quality of life
• Focus on Breathing Mechanics
• Education/Energy Conservation
• Aerobic Conditioning/Endurance
• Pacing, Mediation Mechanics
Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation covered by insurance?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. See what insurances we accept, click HERE. If you don’t see your insurance carrier on the list, give us a call, we will check it for you.
Physical therapy treatment includes pain relieving techniques, balance and coordination training, postural retraining, joint mobility techniques, soft tissue mobilizations, patient education, mobility training and the use of supplemental modalities. Treatment plans are individually designed and tailored to a patient’s needs.
Why Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is about helping people heal by restoring movement and function, relieving pain, and preventing further injury.
Physical Therapy is often indicated for treatment of the following conditions:
• Joint Pain | Neck/Back Pain
• Balance Problems | Improved Balance | Fall Prevention
• Sports Related Injury
• Orthopedic Problems
• Recent/Planned Surgery | Avoid Surgery
• Stroke Recovery | Paralysis
• Age Related Problems | Osteoporosis | Arthritis
The goals of physical therapy include:
• Increased strength and mobility
• Decreased pain
• Prevention of injuries
• Improved movement
• Teach how to use devices such as canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs
• Increase a patient’s safety and independence with all aspects of life
Depending on each individual’s ailment, Physical Therapy services may include but are not limited to:
• Flexibility exercises
• Electrical Muscle Stimulation
• Gait/Balance training
• Manual therapy
• Assess patient and develops appropriate treatment plan.
• Strength/Balance/Walking Mechanics
• Postural Education/Energy Conservation
• Makes appropriate adjustment to plans of treatment
• Develops a home exercise program to maintain strength/coordination gains
Our physical therapists work closely with your physician to establish an individualized treatment program that will best benefit you.
What does a Social Services Specialist do?
The role of social services revolves around finding successful solutions to that relate to social welfare. They play a big role in assessing the need for services and they provide and fund care services. Social workers a required to have a breadth of skills, since they may be in situations where they have to act as advisers, advocates, counselors and listeners.
At Complete Pulmonary Rehab, our Social Services Specialist will do a comprehensive assessment of:
- the social and emotional factors related to the patient’s illness
- need for care
- response to treatment
- adjustment to care in the CORF
- They may also help determine:
- financial resources
- community resources available upon discharge from the CORF
- the relationship of the patient’s medical and nursing requirements to their home situation
- They may also help determine:
Social Services Specialist
• Assess patient for needs related to therapy
• Nutrition Support and Weight Management
• Refer/suggest various resources available in the community
• Support for Socialization Disorders, Adjustment, Grief and Depression
• Smoking Cessation
How we help you, the patient:
- Exercises for breathing muscles
- Breathing through a mouthpiece against resistance during pulmonary rehab may increase the strength of the breathing muscles. These exercises are infrequently used, but may be helpful for people with very weak breathing muscles.
- Upper-body exercises
- The muscles in the upper body are important for breathing, as well as daily activities. Arm and chest exercises might include turning a crank against resistance, or simply repetitively lifting the arms against gravity.
- Lower-body exercises
- Most centers provide a regimen of exercises that centers on leg workouts. These exercises vary from simple walking on a treadmill or around a track to more intense stair climbing. Most of the proven benefits of pulmonary rehab come from studies in people doing leg exercises.
*Must be motivated and willing to participate in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
How to get started?
To enroll into our individualized Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, you will need a referral for Pulmonary Rehabilitation from your physician. We would be happy to assist you in obtaining that referral.
Click on this link to our Available Forms page, download for the Little Rock or Hot Springs location, print and take to your doctor. Your doctor will then fax it to us; we usually call within a week to schedule a consultation to determine what program is best for you
Our aim is to help you restore a better quality of life. We accomplish this by providing access to high quality comprehensive rehabilitation services in an outpatient setting; giving our patients Complete Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
We offer a friendly staff, personalized treatment, flexible hours, convenient location and front door parking.