Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) should be part of the treatment plan for any chronic lung disease, including pulmonary fibrosis. It’s a combination of exercise, breathing techniques, diet and education that aims to help give patients a better quality of life and be able to have more control of their symptoms.
We’ve compiled a list of reasons why pulmonary rehabilitation is important for pulmonary fibrosis patients based on information from the British Lung Foundation and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Pulmonary rehabilitation will include education about your specific lung disease. It will give you the opportunity to find out about the latest treatment methods, therapies, and medications relevant to pulmonary fibrosis. It will also help you figure out how to take your medications and what to do if you’re unwell.
Pulmonary rehabilitation will give you diet advice that’s specific to the needs of a pulmonary fibrosis patient, which may differ significantly to that of someone who has other health problems.