If you have a diagnosis of lung disease, pulmonary rehabilitation at Sturdy Memorial Hospital can help. Our carefully-structured exercise and education program is designed to help you improve and maintain activity levels while enhancing your quality of life. Our pulmonary specialists combine breathing and aerobic exercises with weight training, education, and expert speakers to help you return to your highest functional level.
Discuss the possible benefits of pulmonary rehab with your primary care physician. A doctor’s order is required before you begin the program. Participants must be non-smoking, and current EKGs, pulmonary function tests, and chest x-rays, are required.
Each pulmonary rehab session lasts between 6 and 12 weeks, with 3 classes each week that are 1.5 hours long. During each class, pulmonary rehab staff will offer direction and assistance as participants perform aerobic and strengthening exercises.
Patients with a variety of lung ailments, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), might be candidates for pulmonary rehab. Even those with very low levels of function and mobility can achieve substantial improvements. Wellness programs are available to help you continue to improve your fitness once pulmonary rehab ends.
The History of Pulmonary Rehab at Sturdy
Pulmonary rehabilitation at Sturdy began as a four-patient "experiment" to determine whether an exercise and education program might have long term advantages for those with COPD. We knew that cardiac patients had shown greater improvement and compliance rates with cardiac rehabilitation and assumed pulmonary patients would benefit from a similar treatment model. At the end of 24 visits, the pilot group showed marked improvements in both their activity levels and well-being.
What started as one of the area's first small groups has grown into a highly-respected program with two sessions running concurrently each week. Thanks to the efforts of test programs like Sturdy's, pulmonary rehabilitation has become a standard of care, covered by Medicare and most insurance companies, helping patients achieve substantial improvements in lung function, mobility, and self-care.