Our Philosophy: Focus On the Individual

Welcome to Lung and Wellness Centers of Western Pennsylvania-A growing network of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists. We are a Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) providing rehabilitation services to patients with lung disease. Our staff of highly trained and experienced medical professionals will assist you in regaining independence and help you return to the everyday activities that you enjoy!

 

Lung and Wellness Centers of Western Pennsylvania is a Pulmonary Rehabilitation network owned and operated by two Respiratory Therapists with collectively over 50 years of patient care experience and over 20 years in the highly successful field of pulmonary rehabilitation. Inspired by the progress made by our patients as they return to their highest level of independence and activity, we have devoted our expertise in our program development,patient care and rehabilitation.
   

 Through disease management, breathing  retraining and strength and endurance training, we can achieve overall wellness and improve the quality of life for each patient.

 

Our COPD Independence Program is offered to patients with chronic lung problems including oxygen dependent patients.  Diagnoses may include:

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Transplan Patients

 

What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma.

 

What causes COPD?

In the United States, tobacco smoke is a key factor in the development and progression of COPD.  Although exposure to air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors, and respiratory infections also play a role.

 

How many people have COPD?

Fifteen million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD.  More than 50% of adults with low pulmonary functions are not aware that they had COPD, therefore the actual number may be higher.  COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States since 2011.

 

How is COPD treated?

Treatment of COPD requires a careful and thorough evaluation by a physician.  Pulmonary Rehab can alleviate symptoms, decrease the frequency and severity of exacerbations, and increase exercise tolerance.  For those who smoke, the most important aspect of treatment is smoking cessation.  Symptoms such as coughing or wheezing can be treated with medication.  Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an individualized treatment program that teaches COPD management strategies to increase quality of life. 

 

Plans may include:

  • Endurance training
  • Strength training
  • Breathing retraining
  • Education
  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Prevention of infection
  • Emotional support
  • Smoking cessation support

 

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabiltation

 

The benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation are well documented to include:

 

  • Increased activity levels
  • Increased independence
  • Increased quality of life
  • Increased lung disease management
  • Decreased symptoms associated with lung disease
  • Decreased SOB (Shortness of Breath)
  • Decreased hospitalizations
  • Decreased infections

Other services include:

 

  • Physical Therapy
  • Support Groups
  • IMT (Inspiratory Muscle Training)
  • Simple Spirometry
  • Oxygen Titration
  • 6 Minute walk for Oxygen Requalification
  • Peak Flow Monitoring
  • Chest Vest Therapy 
 
 
 
 

 

Want to Learn More About Our Rehabilitation Services?

Visit our Pulmonary Rehab tab or call us at 724-256-9606.

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