All inpatient physical therapists at BIDMC are skilled in evaluating and
treating patients with pulmonary conditions, such as pneumonia, COPD and
Some patients who are unable to manage their secretions, or who are having
difficulty breathing, may require chest physical therapy to breathe more
easily. This may include percussion, shaking and/or vibration over the
affected lung area to mobilize secretions.
Other techniques include teaching breathing strategies, strengthening
breathing muscles and endurance training. Therapists are skilled using
special equipment such as supplemental oxygen, oximeters (which monitor
oxygen levels in the blood), and suctioning devices.