Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2022 , Vol 68 , Num 2

Is there a role of pulmonary rehabilitation in extrapulmonary diseases frequently encountered in the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation?

Belma Füsun Köseoğlu 1
1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, School of Medicine, Ankara, Türkiye DOI : 10.5606/tftrd.2022.10711 There is a group of diseases such as low back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and obesity for which pulmonary rehabilitation can be applied. Although these diseases do not directly impact the lungs, respiratory dysfunction occurs through various mechanisms during the disease process and complicates the underlying primary disease. Respiratory dysfunction and spirometric abnormalities have been observed from the early stages of these diseases, even without obvious signs and symptoms. These patients should be carefully evaluated for pulmonary problems as a sedentary lifestyle may hide the presence of respiratory symptoms. Once pulmonary problems have been detected, pulmonary rehabilitation should be added to the routine treatment of the primary disease. Keywords : Pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory dysfunction