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Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

RIC Pulmonary RehabilitationBreathing is central to activity. When your breathing is inhibited, so is your activity. The panic associated with shortness of breath can greatly affect your life, too, making you physically and socially less active.

Perhaps you’re not as active as you used to be, or you don’t go out in public as often for fear of being too far from help.

The pulmonary rehabilitation experts at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago understand the impact a breathing disorder has on your life, and we can help you get back to doing the things that make life worth living.

Breathing to keep you active

When breathing is strained, the natural response is to limit activity to accommodate your breath. This is true even of the highest-caliber athletes who overexert themselves. But when breathing deteriorates, you may find that even the simplest tasks strain your breath – walking, bending over, standing for extended amounts of time – this is when your life strains too. This starts a cycle of decreased activity, which, in turn, decreases your breathing capacity. In the RIC Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, you will learn to reverse this cycle by gradually increasing your activity and breath capacity.

“Recently I completed the pulmonary rehabilitation program. When I first was diagnosed with COPD I was still working and trying to tough it out myself. I learned in class that there is help out there. Acceptance, adaptability and attitude make all the difference.”
– RIC pulmonary patient

A comprehensive, collaborative program

RIC Pulmonary RehabilitationThe eight-week program involves two treatment sessions per week aimed at incrementally increasing your breathing capacity through exercise and education. Moreover, the program aims to enable you to complete day-to-day activities with greater ease and ability, increase your endurance and overall activity level, and independently manage your condition. The first step in your treatment is understanding and assessing your abilities and goals. RIC experts will conduct a physical examination as well as a psychosocial and nutrition assessment to better understand your abilities. Based on the information gathered from the assessments, your team will work with you to build goals that are important to you. The goals that are set will be addressed through a comprehensive treatment approach, including exercise and education.

As a participant in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, you will join a team of pulmonary rehabilitation experts specially trained in treating pulmonary disorders. Your treatment team may consist of the following:

  • Pulmonologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise physiologist

Can you benefit from treatment?

If you are experiencing chronic shortness of breath or deteriorating lung capacity, RIC Pulmonary Rehabilitation experts can help. Common conditions treated include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Pre- and post-lung transplant
  • Sarcoidosis

Services provided at the RIC's Main Campus, located at 345 E. Superior Street in Chicago, maintain a strong relationship with pulmonary specialists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Other supportive resources include RIC's Breath of Life Support Group and the RIC Fitness Center & Sports Programs.

For more information, call our Toll Free Referral and Information Line at 800-354-REHAB (7342) or schedule an appointment online.