We are located at 8555A Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77054, close to NRG Stadium. We have free ground level parking and an easy, accessible entrance. Click here for specific driving, parking, and walking directions to our facility.
A physician must refer patients to the individual programs.
Physicians: please call 713.839.9473 or fax 713.839.9471, the physician order form. Please include the patient’s name, diagnosis, home phone number, and insurance information. We will then contact the patient to discuss our programs, set up an evaluation appointment, and give them directions to our facility.
The following diagnoses are appropriate for pulmonary rehabilitation:
- Interstitial lung disease
- Cystic fibrosis, MS or Parkinson’s Disease
- Asthma, Emphysema, or Chronic Bronchitis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Lung Cancer
- Lung volume reduction surgery
- Lung transplantation
- Organ transplant patients
- Recently hospitalized
- Awaiting major surgery
We can also help patients with obesity and muscle weakness due to inactivity or illness.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise that helps you manage your breathing problem, increase your stamina (energy) and decrease your breathlessness. The education part of the program teaches you to be “in charge” of your breathing instead of your breathing being in charge of you. You will learn how to pace your breathing with your activities, how to take your medicines and even how to talk with your health care provider. The exercise sessions are supervised by pulmonary rehabilitation staff that prepares an exercise program just for you. The exercises start at a level that you can handle (some people start exercising while sitting and others on a treadmill). The amount of time you exercise will be increased in time and the level of difficulty will change based on your ability. As your muscles get stronger, you will be more active with less breathlessness and be less tired.
The amount of time it takes to complete a pulmonary rehabilitation program will vary depending on your needs. Because the program staff are constantly monitoring your progress and increasing your exercises as you are able, attending every session is important. Most programs meet two to three times a week and programs can last 4 to 12 weeks or more.
The education part of the program happens one-on-one with the professional staff during each exercise session. During exercise sessions, you will learn and practice new ways to breathe during stressful times and while being active. You will learn about your medications; what the medications do and how to use your inhalers to get the most benefit from them. During the program, you may be given an Action Plan that outlines what you should do when you are having a lung flare-up (exacerbation). Some people with breathing problems need to use oxygen which will be provided at the prescribed concentration. During pulmonary rehabilitation you will be tested at rest and with exercise to see if oxygen may help you. You will learn the reasons why some people with shortness of breath use oxygen and others do not need it. If you smoke, the program will provide support for you to quit or get you a referral to a program that can help you to quit. You will also learn how and when to call your health care provider, including what key points to share with them and what questions to ask. Also during the program, you can expect to meet others that also have breathing problems. You will have the time to share concerns and successes with others living with lung disease.
It is so very important that you continue to exercise after finishing your rehabilitation program or you will lose all of the benefits you have gained. Before you “graduate”, the pulmonary rehabilitation staff will design a long-term plan of exercise for you. Our program offers a “maintenance” plan for in and out of house continued progression. The in house program allows you to continue to exercise with others with similar breathing problems.
When you are new to rehab, we will arrange with you a time for you to come in to be evaluated and to get your initial program set up. After that, you may work out during the operating hours of the Asthma and Lung Center, which are:
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Depending on what your doctor has requested for your particular situation, exercise sessions may last 30 minutes up to an hour and a half at a time. Please allow plenty of time during your visits before and after exercising for breathing/relaxation sessions, changing clothes, applying and removing monitors, blood pressure checks, bathroom breaks, etc.
Yes! The Asthma and Lung Center has an entrance surface parking lot with free parking. Please click here for driving, parking, and walking directions.
Your doctor will advise how soon you may start coming to rehab. Once we receive your doctor’s instructions and insurance information, we will contact you to set up your first appointment/evaluation.