UNC Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation at UNC involves an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic respiratory disease.


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Please call (919) 843-2164 or fax referral to (919) 966-0348


UNC's pulmonary rehabilitation is provided by physical therapists and assistants for improved exercise capacity, symptom relief, and improved health-related quality of life. Our interdisciplinary approach to achieving a patient's goals also includes the collaboration of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, and counselors.  A psychosocial support group is held once a month for those suffering from pulmonary disease.


What does pulmonary rehabilitation include?

  • Monitored, progressive exercise for improved activity tolerance
  • Breathing exercises/ retraining
  • Airway clearance techniques
  • Education on disease process and medications, benefits of exercise, understanding oxygen therapy, symptom assessment and when to seek medical attention


What are the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation? 
  • Improved symptoms of disease or condition
  • Ability to function better in daily life
  • Patient specific exercise program including home program
  • Increased ability to exercise
  • Decreased symptoms of fatigue, anxiety and depression


Please click here for a list of respiratory conditions and symptoms that are appropriate for pulmonary rehabilitation.




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