Pulmonary Rehabilitation

UT Southwestern Medical Center offers comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation services to not only manage a lung condition or disease, but also to help you achieve a renewed quality of life. Our lung specialists provide rehabilitation programs that will enable you to breathe more efficiently and improve your ability to exercise, as well as provide education and caring support needed to more effectively treat respiratory conditions.


Scientific research has proven that rehabilitation activities can make a substantial difference in slowing the progression of a lung condition, as well as assisting with remission of a patient’s condition and symptoms.

Under the direction of a pulmonologist, our rehabilitation specialists provide a program designed to meet your specific needs. Therapists will work with you in an attentive and compassionate manner to provide the assistance and instruction needed to resume the normal activities of daily life.

UT Southwestern’s pulmonary rehabilitation program provides a comprehensive team of specialists dedicated to improving your health and includes physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, dietitians, psychologists, and social workers.

Depending on your condition, our rehabilitation program may include therapeutic exercises that will improve endurance, flexibility, and strength. Some medical treatments may also include antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents, bronchodilators, mucus-control agents, nicotine replacement therapy, oral steroids, oxygen therapy, and vaccines to protect against flu and pneumonia.

Educational Components

Our medical professionals will show you how to conserve energy and retrain your breathing to achieve the best possible results from the treatment of lung disease.

Plans include:

  • Greater independence and self-reliance in managing the lung condition
  • More effectively controlled symptoms and any possible complications that may arise from the condition
  • Increased knowledge of work-conservation techniques to improve your ability to perform the routines of daily living and participate in recreational activities
  • Increased knowledge of pulmonary disease management and lowered risk for hospital admission.