Chronic lung disease is a term for a group of long-term conditions that affect the lungs. At least one in 10 Australians has chronic lung disease. The most common conditions are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, also known as emphysema, chronic bronchitis), asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, mesothelioma and lung cancer. These diseases are characterised by symptoms such as breathlessness and cough. Physiotherapy plays an important role in the management of lung disease by offering pulmonary rehabilitation (exercise training, education and support), education on physical activity, airway clearance and breathing exercises.
What causes lung disease?
Why is lung health important?
How do I know if I have a problem?
How can physiotherapy help treat lung problems?
How much should I exercise?
How hard should I exercise?
Will exercise make my lung disease worse?
What can group exercise classes do?
What else can physiotherapy offer?
How effective is physiotherapy for lung conditions?
What can I do at home?
How long until I'll see resutls?
How does physiotherapy fit within my overall management?
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