When you have chronic lung disease, even routine, daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, showering or making the bed can cause shortness of breath. This can cause you to become fearful of physical activity and lead you to become less active.
Christiana Care’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program can help to stabilize and even improve the symptoms of lung disease, including shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, anxiety and depression. The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to return you to your highest level of function through education, exercise and functional activities.
Pulmonary rehabilitation can also help you to:
- Increase your energy.
- Manage your medication or oxygen therapy.
- Maintain a positive outlook.
- Stay out of the hospital.
Your doctor may recommend pulmonary rehabilitation if your diagnosis shows that you have:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis or asthma.
- Spinal deformities or a restrictive lung disease such as pulmonary fibrosis or sarcoidosis.
- Other condititions that affect your breathing.
To enroll, you will need a prescription from your doctor. Once you have enrolled, a team of specialists will assess your condition, review your medical history and design a program for you that may include pulmonary education, exercise training and breathing retraining.
After you have completed your program, you may wish to continue your visits for ongoing maintenance. We will recommend facilities that are supervised and safe for you to continue your exercise program.
For more information, call us at: 302-661-3302.
Health Care Center at Christiana
200 Hygeia Dr. Newark, DE 19713
Eugene du Pont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute
3506 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807