Treatment

  • Currently there is no cure for COPD, but there are ways to relieve symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse. Treatments for COPD can reduce the severity of symptoms, decrease the frequency and severity of exacerbations, and increase tolerance to exercise.
  • Medications – Symptoms such as coughing or wheezing can be treated with medication.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Pulmonary rehabilitation is an individualized treatment program that teaches COPD patients strategies to improve their quality of life. The rehabilitation may include:
    • Exercises to increase lung capacity
    • Nutritional counseling
    • Breathing strategies
    • Energy-conserving techniques
    • Education on your lung disease or condition and how to manage it
    • Psychological counseling