high-performing-indicator-copdOur Patients Breathe Easier

Shortness of breath, or the feeling that you cannot get enough air, can transform even the simplest activities into monumental challenges, from walking up a flight of stairs to doing the laundry. It is also a problem that can be effectively managed.

Raritan Bay Medical Center’s (RBMC) Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to help patients breathe easier. Our program provides one-on-one and group rehabilitation by a licensed respiratory therapist following a plan of care tailored to the patients’ particular needs and goals that includes self-care education, physical reconditioning and maintenance planning.

Who We Help

RBMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program may help anyone who has difficulty breathing or experiences shortness of breath that interferes with daily activities. This includes individuals with the following conditions:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Heart disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Other lung diseases
  • Recent or upcoming chest or upper abdominal surgery

What You’ll Gain

Upon completion of the program, you’ll enjoy a multitude of benefits that improve your pulmonary health along with your quality of life:

  • Stronger breathing capacity
  • Reduced shortness of breath
  • Improved endurance and strength
  • Decreased respiratory symptoms and complications
  • Reduced number of hospitalizations
  • Better knowledge of your lung disease and how to control it
  • In some cases, decreased dependence on medication/oxygen
  • Improved daily functioning

Personalized Instruction

Our team of professionals will provide you with strategies for improving your health such as how to properly use your medication and respiratory equipment, when to see your doctor, the importance of exercise, energy conservation, stress and relaxation. Our medically supervised program includes up
to 18 weeks of aerobic and strength training, breathing exercises, symptom management training and relaxation techniques to help you safely increase your exercise tolerance and regain control of your breathing. We’ll make sure you’re prepared to maintain the goals you’ve achieved.

Let’s Get Started

To participate in our program, you must be properly evaluated and referred by your physician, who can assess the potential benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation and work with us to provide the best possible care. Then a respiratory therapist will meet with you to discuss your needs and recommendations, as well as anticipated outcomes. We’ll set up a convenient schedule at our Old Bridge location. Most insurance plans cover pulmonary rehabilitation. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call our Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at (732) 360-4290.


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