What Does Pulmonary Rehabilitation Involve?

Flu Shots
The flu (influenza) can cause serious problems in people with COPD. Flu shots can reduce the chances of getting it. You should get a flu shot every year.
Pneumococcal Vaccine
This vaccine should be administered to those with COPD to prevent a common cause of pneumonia. Revaccination may be necessary after 5 years in those over 65 years old.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation as COPD Treatment

As part of COPD treatment, pulmonary rehabilitation (rehab) may be recommended. Pulmonary rehab is a coordinated program of exercise, disease management training, and counseling that can help you stay more active and carry out your day-to-day activities.
What is included in your pulmonary rehab program will depend on what you and your doctor think you need. The different parts of the program are managed by different types of healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists, and dietitians) who work together to develop a program just for you.
Pulmonary rehab programs can include:
  • Medical evaluation and management
  • Setting goals
  • Exercise training
  • Education
  • Evaluating program results.
Medical Evaluation and Management
To decide what you need in your pulmonary rehab 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.
Setting Goals
You will work with your pulmonary rehab 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.

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