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Cystic Fibrosis Rehabilitation

Learning how to clear the airway efficiently is an important part of care for people with cystic fibrosis. If you or your child has cystic fibrosis, NewYork-Presbyterian offers specialized rehabilitation, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis, to help support your needs. Our highly trained physical therapists work closely with you to evaluate your airway clearance regimen and propose changes to help you improve its effectiveness, if needed. The therapists work closely with the teams of both the Sue and John L. Weinberg Cystic Fibrosis Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and the Gunnar Esiason Adult Cystic Fibrosis & Lung Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Care While You Are in the Hospital

  • Our physical therapists provide traditional airway clearance methods such as full postural drainage with percussion and vibration (chest physical therapy).
  • You'll also learn and use alternative airway clearance techniques, such as the active cycle of breathing technique, autogenic drainage, the use of mucus clearance devices, and the use of mechanical vest devices.
  • Your activity level and responses to exercise will be monitored to help you regain strength and function during your stay and prepare you to go home.

Care for Outpatients

  • The physical therapist will see you twice per year in our outpatient clinic for comprehensive assessment.
  • In addition to reviewing your airway clearance regimen, your posture, fitness, and exercise/play routine will be assessed. Your team will provide modifications to you to support your goals.
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