Respiratory (breathing) muscle disorders can be caused by problems that affect the chest, rib cage and spine.
At MultiCare Pulmonary Specialists, we help people of all ages who have mild to severe respiratory muscle disorders.
Chest wall disorders are the most common type of respiratory muscle disorder, and these are often seen in children or teenagers. Common chest wall disorders include:
MultiCare pulmonologists also treat weak respiratory muscles. These can be the result of spinal problems, problems that affect all the muscles in the body, such as muscular dystrophy, and neurological conditions.
If you have a respiratory muscle disorder, you might notice:
Treating respiratory muscle disorders usually starts with treating any underlying causes. Our pulmonologists work closely with your primary care provider and other specialists to help the lungs work more efficiently and help you live a better quality of life. Your treatment plan may include: