Jun 18, 2012 by Sallie Barker
Just a year ago, Larry Ferguson was getting short of breath while doing the simplest of daily activities. Then, his doctor prescribed a little PR.
Ferguson said PR changed his life. “I have lost 90 lbs., and no longer take a lot of the medications I used to have to take every day,” he said. “I can walk without difficulty and breathe much better."
PR, Pulmonary rehabilitation, also called pulmonary rehab, helps improve the well-being of people who have ongoing breathing problems. For example, PR may benefit people who have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
PR doesn’t replace medical therapy. Instead, it’s used with medical therapy and includes:
• Exercise training
• Nutritional counseling
• Education on your lung disease or condition
and how to manage it
• Energy-conserving techniques
• Breathing strategies
Upson’s PR team includes nurses and specialists, including respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, and cardiology technologists.
Cardiology Leader Sue Mangum says Upson’s tailored pulmonary rehab program has many benefits. It can improve ability to function and quality of life. “When Mr. Ferguson started PR, he could only walk about 20 feet without becoming very short of breath. By the end of treatment, he was able to walk two miles in 60 minutes without severe shortness of breath.”
After completing his PR, Mr. Ferguson joined The Wellness Center, where he continues to exercise and take advantage of all medically-based fitness has to offer.