FAQs – Pulmonary Dysfunction

September 3, 2017 | By | Reply

What is pulmonary dysfunction?

Pulmonary means of or related to lungs.

What are the types of pulmonary dysfunctions?

Anyone suffering with breathing problems such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic asthma, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, general difficulty with breathing, need to use oxygen.

What are the causes of pulmonary dysfunction?

Long term exposure to lung irritants that damage the lungs and airways usually is the cause of dysfunction. Inhaling smoke (pipe, cigar and other types of tobacco), genetics, infections, causes difficulty in breathing and symptoms of dysfunction.

What are the symptoms of pulmonary dysfunction?

  • Increased shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and wheezing especially during physical activity
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing up increased amounts of mucus
  • Chronic cough may produce mucus (sputum) that may be clear, white, yellow or greenish)
  • Fever (temp up to 101 degree Fahrenheit) or chills
  • Increased fatigue or weakness
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Sore throat, scratchy throat or pain when swallowing
  • Unusual sinus drainage, headaches, nasal congestion, tenderness over upper cheekbones

How does Physiotherapy help in pulmonary dysfunction?

Physiotherapists play an important role in management of patients with respiratory disease. A variety of strategies aimed at reducing the work of breathing, improving ventilation, improving function, and energy conservation. Various positioning techniques are applied in order to maximize ventilation and whole body exercises to improve strength and function.

What does the term bronchial toilet/pulmonary toilet/bronchial hygiene mean?

These are techniques in attempt to clear mucus and secretions from the airways and bronchial tree by deep breathing, incentive spirometry, postural drainage.

What are the precautions to be taken?

Precautions in terms of avoiding allergens (pollen, mold, smoke, wood, oil smoke, car exhaust, fumes, and industrial pollution which can cause inhaled particle to irritate the lung tissue.

Also, equipments need to be taken care of including oxygen cannula, mouthpiece, spacer, nebulizer tubes which increase the chances of infection.

How can I improve on my respiratory system?

There are simple ways to improve Respiratory System:

  • Increase your walking speed
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid Smoking and passive smoking.
  • Avoid irritants (perfumes, scented lotions)
  • Take appropriate supplements as advised
  • Learn Yoga Breathing Techniques
  • Challenge your lungs to improve respiratory system

How does PHYSIOREHAB help in managing pulmonary dysfunctions?

At PhysioRehab, clients with pulmonary problems are made comfortable with the environment and a plan according to their condition is charted out. Their daily difficulties faced are taken care of by using various strategies that help in removal of secretions. Self energy conserving techniques along with postural drainage techniques are taught which help them at home and they can visit the clinic twice a week. Also, their respiratory vitals are kept on check during the exercise in order to get best results without inducing fatigue. Thus, PhysioRehab helps patients improve their quality of life and make a difference in their way of living.

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