Specific Parts of COPD Rehab

Specific Areas of Rehabilitation

The areas that are typically covered during COPD rehabilitation include:
  • Medical evaluation and management
  • Goal setting
  • Exercise training
  • Education
  • Program results.
Medical Evaluation and Management
To decide what you need in your COPD rehabilitation program, a medical evaluation will be conducted. This may include getting information on your health history, what medications you are on, doing a physical examination, and learning about your symptoms. A spirometry measurement before and after you take a bronchodilator medication may also be done.
Goal Setting
You will work with your rehabilitation team to set goals for your program. These goals will look at the types of activities that you want to do. For example, you may want to take walks every day, do chores around the house, and visit with friends. These things will be worked on in your pulmonary rehab program.
Exercise Training
Your COPD rehabilitation program may include exercise training. This training includes showing you exercises to help your arms and legs get stronger. You may also learn breathing exercises that strengthen the muscles needed for breathing.
Many rehabilitation programs have an educational component during which you learn about your disease and symptoms, commonly used COPD treatments, different techniques to manage your symptoms, and what you should expect from the program.
The education may include meeting with a dietitian to learn about your diet and healthy eating, meeting with an occupational therapist to learn ways to carry out your everyday activities that are easier on your breathing, or meeting with a respiratory therapist to learn about breathing techniques and how to do respiratory treatments.

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