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The simple act of breathing is not simple for those who suffer from emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or any other chronic respiratory condition. If you have been diagnosed with a respiratory ailment, you know all too well that breathing can be an exhausting struggle.
The Norton Healthcare pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to help improve the well-being and lung function of people who have chronic (ongoing) breathing conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and asthma.
Our pulmonary rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life. Norton Healthcare offers comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation in a medically supervised environment that includes exercise, education, breathing strategies and nutritional counseling to help you feel better.
The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation certifies our pulmonary rehabilitation locations:
Note: Pediatric pulmonary services are available at Norton Children’s Hospital.
To participate in the pulmonary rehabilitation program, you need a referral from your doctor. Our team of pulmonary rehabilitation specialists works with your physician to customize a program just for you. You’ll receive one-on-one attention every step of the way, and you’ll play a major role in setting measurable, attainable goals.
Mild exercise and education are the two key components of rehabilitation. We tailor the exercise component to your condition and ability. It helps improve your endurance, strength, stamina, flexibility and self-confidence.
The education portion of the program:
Patients participate in our formal rehabilitation program for twelve weeks or a total of 36 sessions. Extensions are possible if medically necessary. Participants usually attend sessions three times a week.
After you finish the formal program, you can participate in our maintenance program for a nominal fee. Exercise with supervision in our exercise room, and enjoy the freedom to work at your own pace, alongside others who are learning to cope with similar breathing conditions.
We bill Medicare and private insurance for the formal rehabilitation part of the program, but patients are encouraged to contact their provider before making any appointments.
Rehabilitation is self-paced and closely monitored by Norton Healthcare’s specially trained respiratory therapists and health care professionals.
Benefits you might expect from pulmonary rehabilitation:
The board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians with Norton Pulmonary Specialists, formerly Chest Medicine Associates and Kentuckiana Pulmonary Associates, are leaders in caring for Louisville and Southern Indiana patients with asthma, COPD, emphysema and other lung diseases.
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