Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive, individualized approach to treating respiratory problems in which therapy, education and exercise help patients achieve their maximum breathing potential.
Pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (emphysema, bronchitis), and other pulmonary conditions. The program helps patients with breathing retraining, cough management, energy conservation, medication education, and stress and anxiety management.
A significant part of our program is education. To manage chronic breathing problems, patients must learn to use breathing muscles more efficiently. It is also important to learn to recognize symptoms and improve general health and conditioning. Our interdisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation staff develops strategies and exercises to accomplish this.
Managing Chronic Breathing Problems
The program includes:
- Education: how the lungs work and how to most effectively use medications.
- Managing symptoms: importance of early treatment, relaxation techniques and how to conserve energy and prevent infection.
- Breathing retraining: cough techniques and exercises allow for easier breathing.
- Exercise training: how to improve muscle strength and endurance to achieve the best possible physical condition.
Pulmonary Disorder Symptoms
Symptoms of pulmonary disorder include:
- shortness of breath in daily activities
- difficulty completing daily activities
- limited exercise tolerance
- frequent hospitalizations
- frequent respiratory infections
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is offered through our partner hospital, Froedtert Health – Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, and is certified through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Our professional team includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietary staff and behavioral health experts.
Pulmonary Support Group
A support group for people with chronic pulmonary illness and their families is available at our partner hospital, Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. The group meets for an educational presentation and social gathering on most second Wednesdays of the month, from fall through spring. Please call Careconnection at 262-251-1001 or 800-246-8332 to verify meeting dates and locations.
The support group is free. You do not need to pre-register.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is located just minutes from the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin campus at North Hills Health Center; just off I-45 near the intersection of Appleton Avenue and Good Hope Road. There is ample free parking in a surface lot in front of the building.
For more information about the Froedtert Health – Community Memorial Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, call the hospital’s information line, Careconnection, at 262-251-1001 or 800-246-8332.