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Cystic Fibrosis

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

It is an inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs, digestive system and reproductive system.

How can physiotherapy help people with cystic fibrosis?

The main aim of physiotherapy is to remove excessive secretions in the lungs to improve ventilation. Daily physiotherapy is effective and essential in decreasing complications, reducing hospital admissions and the need for antibiotic therapy, improving exercise tolerance and improving the quality of life for people living with cystic fibrosis.

What are the symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

  • A persistent cough with great physical effort

  • Some difficulty breathing

  • Wheezing

  • Tiredness, lethargy or an impaired exercise ability

  • Frequent visits to the toilet

  • Salt loss in hot weather which may produce muscle cramps or weakness

  • Poor growth and weight loss

  • Salty-tasting skin

  • Lung infections

  • Decreased bone mineral density

  • Postural deformity

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Myalgia

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