OMT Minute  |   October 2018
An Osteopathic Approach to Rib Somatic Dysfunction in Respiratory Disorders
Author Notes
  • From the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA in Vallejo. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: This video was produced by the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, 1310 Club Dr, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592. Email: stacey.piercetalsma@tu.edu
     
Article Information
Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders
OMT Minute   |   October 2018
An Osteopathic Approach to Rib Somatic Dysfunction in Respiratory Disorders
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2018, Vol. 118, e94-e95. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.152
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2018, Vol. 118, e94-e95. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.152
Osteopathic diagnosis and management of rib dysfunction may be beneficial to patients with respiratory disorders such as pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and emphysema. 
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is a major public health threat and a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, causes airflow limitations due to damage to airway and lung anatomical structures.1 Symptoms typically include cough, shortness of breath, and production of sputum. Pharmacologic treatment for patients with COPD targets the pathology within the lung, bronchus, and alveoli itself and includes bronchodilators, inhaled or oral steroids, or antibiotics, if needed. Further prevention and treatment focuses on reducing flares by means of risk factor modifications, smoking cessation, vaccinations, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical activity, nutritional support, and oxygen supplementation, if needed.1 

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