OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Rockford, Illinois

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The pulmonary rehabilitation program uses a team of specialists to provide rehabilitation care to patients who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma. 

The program helps improve the health and quality of life for people with chronic pulmonary disease. 

We provide education, motivation and rehabilitation so that people with breathing problems can reach their greatest potential in taking care of themselves and in performing everyday activities.  We also want patients to understand the disease and to reduce the frequency and severity of their symptoms.    

The program is designed to help people increase their strength, balance, mobility and tolerance for exercise.  We also aim to prevent symptoms from becoming worse and to decrease the number of doctor visits and hospitalizations.

Program Eligibility for Pulmonary Rehabilitation

In general, pulmonary rehabilitation programs are suitable for people who have a chronic lung disease and are limited by complications of their respiratory problems.

A referral is required from your primary physician or pulmonologist

Program Elements:

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program has several components which are established for each individual participating in the program:

  • Therapeutic exercise, which includes strength training, cardiovascular conditioning and a home maintenance program                      
  • Education sessions, which are provided individually and are specific to the patient needs.  Topics may include lung function, medications, oxygen therapy, mucus clearance and life management skills 
  • Breathing techniques and resistance training
  • Pulmonary nutrition session with a registered dietitian
  • Support group and maintenance exercise program

The outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program meets three times per week for four to eight weeks.  Sessions are available in the morning or afternoon.

For More Information

Please contact the pulmonary rehabilitation program at (815) 484-7493 for more information.