Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to help people who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The program helps patients learn about their disorder, manage symptoms (like shortness of breath) and achieve independence. It can also help patients improve their breathing and increase exercise endurance and the ability to perform activities of daily living.

The initiative uses a team approach -- including doctors, nurses and physical and respiratory therapists -- to evaluate a patient’s pulmonary disease and tailor a program to meet his or her needs. Rehabilitation typically involves two to three weekly sessions over eight weeks and includes therapeutic exercise and educational activities. Some sessions take place individually and others are conducted in groups.

To join the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, ask your pulmonologist or primary care physician for a referral. Most insurance plans are accepted, and individual benefits will need to be verified. For more information, please call us in Manhattan at 212-523-5471.