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Pulmonary and Transplant Rehab


As a comprehensive center for lung care in the Southwest, St. Joseph’s offers both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative services for a variety of pulmonary conditions.

Pulmonary physical therapy is provided for:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)/Emphysema
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Restrictive Lung Diseases
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Valley Fever

Outpatient Rehab

Physical therapists work with patients in our outpatient clinic to identify and treat any impairments caused by a pulmonary condition. Treatment may include:

  • Balance and coordination training
  • Development of a home exercise program
  • Functional mobility training for movement and walking
  • Manual therapy
  • Symptom management
  • Techniques for activities of daily living
  • Techniques for energy conservation
  • Therapeutic exercises for lung function, stamina, strength and stability
  • Transition into the community

Valley Fever Rehab

St. Joseph’s Valley Fever Center is a center of excellence in Arizona. 

Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis) is an infectious disease caused by a fungus that grows in the soils of some parts of the world. It is abundant in the Sonoran desert surrounding Phoenix, Casa Grande, Tucson and other parts of Arizona. The symptoms of Valley Fever include pneumonia, cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing, fever, night sweats and weight loss. 

Depending on the extent of the illness, rehab for Valley Fever may include therapeutic exercises for lung function in Outpatient Rehab.

Rehab For Lung Transplants

Patients who have undergone a lung transplant require lifelong post-operative care, and rehabilitation is essential to the recovery process.

Lung transplant rehab begins in the hospital shortly after surgery and continues on an outpatient basis for several weeks or months following the procedure. St. Joseph’s physical therapists and respiratory therapists work with post-transplant patients to develop and monitor an exercise regimen that help patients regain lung function and stamina.  

Learn More About Pulmonary Rehab At St. Joseph’s

For more information about rehabilitation services for pulmonary conditions, valley fever or lung transplants, call Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at 602.406.3230.