Pulmonary Therapy

LifeLine Partners,Inc. offers Pulmonary Therapy as treatment for most forms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), including Asthma, Bronchitis and Emphysema. Additional non-COPD diseases such as Sarcoidosis also benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Typical goals of Pulmonary Therapy include:

pinred.gif (1013 bytes) Development of respiration muscles to aid in maintaining normal levels of blood oxygen content.
pinred.gif (1013 bytes) Strengthening of arms and legs to decrease difficulty with Activities of Daily Living, such as walking.
pinred.gif (1013 bytes) Increasing cardiovascular endurance to aid in sustaining functional activities with increased independence.
pinred.gif (1013 bytes) Provision of education on key topics related to managing a healthy lifestyle, such as Diet and Bronchial Hygiene.
pinred.gif (1013 bytes) Creation of a suite of Home Exercises that can be safely performed outside of the clinic.

Getting Started:

Patients can begin Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) by either securing a prescription for PR from their doctor, then contacting their closest LifeLine Partners, Inc. clinic,  or by having their doctor fax the prescription directly to LifeLine Partners, Inc. Alternatively, patients without a PR prescription may be eligible for PR under Ohio's new Direct Access Law. These patients should contact their closest LifeLine Partners, Inc. clinic for instructions on how to proceed with receiving PR treatment. Pulmonary Rehabilitation services are available to all races, religions and age, including pediatrics, adolescents, young adults, adults and senior citizens. Transportation to/from the closest LifeLine Partners, Inc. clinic is available for a nominal fee.

Defining Patient Goals:

Once verified to receive Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the patient is contacted to schedule an evaluation with a staff Physical Therapist. During this evaluation, simple measurements are obtained and goals are defined, along with a schedule of routine clinic visits. Depending on insurance provider, as many as 24 visits are provided, allowing the patient to receive maximum benefit of the program. Initial PR visits take about an hour, and can extend up to 90 minutes as the patient is able to tolerate advanced exercises.

Continuing Rehabilitation After Discharge:

After discharged from Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the patient has the option to enroll in the Maintenance Program for a nominal month-to-month fee. The Maintenance Program allows the patient to continue his/her therapy by using all available clinic resources such as treadmills, bicycles and weight machines, at any LifeLine Partners, Inc. location. This program provides an economical means to allow the patient to maintain their rehabilitation goals and sustain their post-therapy level of independence.

The Elements of a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Visit:

A typical Pulmonary Rehabilitation visit begins with the taking of vital signs, followed by an exercise involving a device called an Inspiratory Muscle Trainer (IMT). The IMT is a plastic tube which the patient breathes through for 15 minutes, thus  developing the muscles used for respiration. Every four visits, the IMT is adjusted to provide a little more breathing resistance, allowing the muscles to progressively become stronger at allowing the lungs to perform their duty of delivering oxygen and emitting carbon dioxide.

A series a stretches are then performed to increase the range of motion of chest and leg muscles, as well as muscles used during the respiration process. Exercises for the arms and legs are then performed to provide overall body strength and stability. Cardiovascular endurance is the final activity with the use of an arm bike, leg bike and/or treadmill. Patients are monitored at all times to exercise at safe levels or blood oxygen content and heart rate.

 

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Muscles used for respiration are developed
with the use of an Inspiratory Muscle Trainer (IMT).



Stretching of key muscles used for respiration
is a key component of Pulmonary Therapy.



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Progressive resistive exercises such as pulling
elastic Theraband are used to develop arm strength. 



Leg strength and stability is developed through
a variety of standing exercise, such as side kicks.



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Patients are closely monitored with a handheld
Pulse Ox, to measure blood oxygen content and heart rate.

Aerobic activities such as bike riding and treadmill use are
used for cardiovascular benefits and respiratory development.