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This program is eight-weeks long with two sessions per week.


Pulmonary rehabilitation program

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a service designed for those who experience lung problems such as

  • asthma
  • bronchiectasis
  • chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • emphysema
  • interstitial lung disease
  • lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • lung volume reduction surgery before and after lung transplant
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • sarcoidosis

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

You will learn how to improve your stamina and endurance for a more active life. Program content includes support, education and exercise in every session.

Educational topics include:

  • medications, including drug interaction, using an inhaler and self-care techniques
  • understanding and using oxygen therapy
  • diet, nutrition and weight management
  • breathing retraining and strategies for managing breathing problems
  • importance of exercise
  • strategies for managing breathing problems
  • symptom assessment and knowledge about when to seek medical treatment
  • community resources
  • stress management

Benefits include:

  • develop a self-management strategy
  • promote behavioral change in everyday life
  • decrease symptoms of disease
  • promote ability to function better in daily life
  • help increase ability to exercise
  • provide tools to better manage anxiety and depression
  • promote smoking cessation and good nutrition
  • help prevent hospital readmissions

Class details

A physician referral is required. Depending on your diagnosis, you may also require a pulmonary function test. We encourage you to ask for these details when you call to register. There may be out-of-pocket costs for the program sessions. It’s recommended you call your insurance company and ask if “outpatient respiratory therapy/pulmonary rehabilitation” is covered by your policy.

Patient story

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Glenda and Lisa used laughter to learn

Knowledge, friendship and a newfound respect for harmonica music resulted from the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at River Falls Area Hospital, which helps patients with their chronic lung conditions.