How Does Pulmonary Rehabilitation Help COPD?

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation has been shown in multiple studies to be very beneficial for patients with COPD. Pulmonary rehabilitation is essentially an exercise program that's performed under the supervision of a trained physical therapist. What's important for COPD patients when they do their physical therapy, is that they have some of their vital signs including their oxygen levels measured during exercise.

Some patients may need supplemental oxygen during their exercise and may need the help of the physical therapist to determine how far they can push themselves. The benefit of pulmonary rehabilitation is that patients generally can improve their exercise tolerance. They'll be able to walk further, feel less shortness of breath during exercise, and overall feel better after doing series of planned exercises.