Restrictive lung disease

The chest wall is vital to the mechanical action of breathing. It includes the bony structures (ribs, spine, sternum), respiratory muscles (the organs in your body that help you breathe), and nerves that connect the central nervous system to the respiratory muscles. If you have restrictive lung disease, it's likely that your breathing is restricted, and you may have long-term respiratory failure. The most common restrictive lung disorders that lead to respiratory failure are thoracoplasty, scoliosis and/or kyphoscoliosis.


There are a number of conditions that could be affecting your ability to breathe properly, either while you’re asleep or awake. For example, if you have obesity hypoventilation ...

What Happens During Normal Breathing?

To find out what could be affecting your ability to breathe properly, it’s helpful to first understand what normal breathing looks like.