Cancer Rehabilitation

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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
A physical therapist will evaluate and treat you for the following side effects of breast cancer treatment:

  • Incisional tightness
  • Axillary (armpit) cording & tightness
  • Muscle tightness
  • Ribcage stiffness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Loss of shoulder range of motion
  • Loss of strength
  • Decreased sensation
  • Lymphedema risk

Before surgery a Physical Therapist can provide:

  • Education regarding lymphedema risk reduction practices/lymphedema awareness
  • Volumetric measurements
  • Range of motion assessment
  • Strength testing
  • Exercise teaching
  • Follow up plan

Following surgery a Physical Therapist can provide:

Manual Therapy & Therapeutic Exercise to help:

  • Decrease pain
  • Help with stretching
  • Improve strength
  • Decrease post-surgical edema or lymphedema
  • Address axillary cording
  • Improve range of motion
  • Decrease shoulder pain or stiffness
  • Provide limb surveillance for those at risk for lymphedema
  • Enable patients to return to their prior activity level
  • Instruct survivors in safe weight training & aerobic exercise for a continued healthy lifestyle