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Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

PULMONARY CONDITIONS

Lung diseases are one of the most serious conditions gripping our country. Most of the times, human activities like smoking and other activities that aggravate the air pollution contribute to these deadly Lung diseases.

Our pulmonary rehabilitation services include providing excellent care for asthma rehabilitation, copd rehabilitation and lung rehabilitation among others.

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – An umbrella term used to describe progressive irreversible conditions that cause blocking of airflow
  • Asthma – A chronic condition that also causes blocking of airflow but reversible
  • Cystic fibrosis - A progressive genetic condition that causes repeated limited lung infections
  • Intrinsic lung diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis cause progressive lung stiffness and prevents expansion due to the problem in the lungs itself
  • Extrinsic lung diseases such as neuromuscular diseases, kyphoscoliosis, ankylosing spondylitis, surgical removal of lung tissue also prevent lungs from expanding but the causes are external like weakness in the breathing muscle, bony abnormality etc

Symptoms

Symptoms that are commonly noted in individuals with a pulmonary condition are :

  • Breathing problems in adults
  • Easy fatigability
  • Reduced breathing capacity and dysfunctional breathing pattern
  • Chronic cough and inability to clear phlegm
  • Poor endurance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty in walking or performing daily activities when these symptoms are severe, leading to poor quality of life

HOW JH REHABILITATION CAN HELP

Our comprehensive, interdisciplinary team approach (i.e. care being provided by various disciplines in a coordinated fashion) with Physician (Physiatrist), Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Neuropsychologist and a Nutritionist can help reduce your symptoms directly related to the illness as well as prevent medical complications that occur as a result of impaired mobility such as blood clots in the veins of the arms and legs, blood clot in the lungs, and pressure ulcers. Pre-requisite to starting rehabilitation, it has to be ensured that the medical issues have been addressed by the Pulmonologist and is in compliance with the recommended medications, and oxygen or non-invasive ventilation such as BiPAP, CPAP (if necessary) and measures such as quitting smoking. Not all patients will require all services and usually, a combination of these services is required for an individual patient. You will be evaluated at the initial visit to determine what services you require and a tailored treatment plan will be initiated.

Occupational therapist

An Occupational therapist trains patients with severe physical limitations to perform activities of daily living such as moving in the bed, transferring from one place to another, eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, and driving. The final phase of treatment involves patient training for successful community integration (education, employment etc).

Neuropsychologist

A Neuropsychologist evaluates patients with depression and anxiety that is commonly seen after any major life-changing illness guides them through the process of rehabilitation thereby improving their quality of life through motivation and counseling.

Nutritionist

As adequate nutrition intake is essential for optimal recovery, the Nutritionist recommends an appropriate intake of nutrition.

EXPECTATIONS OF RECOVERY

The goal of this program is to improve lung function, reduce symptoms such as fatigue and breathing difficulty, manage secretions (phlegm) better and improve breathing capacity, muscle strength, and endurance. It also helps to improve walking and perform other physical activities more efficiently. Studies have shown that pulmonary rehabilitation program can decrease complications and hospitalization caused due to pulmonary conditions.

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