Physical Therapy and Breast Cancer

With the month of November firmly here, we have “officially” moved in to the holiday season.  Even though October and Breast Cancer Awareness month, is behind us that does not mean you don’t remain aware!

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Physical Therapy is an important aspect with the recovery of any breast cancer treatment and a physical therapist is a vital part of your team to recovery.

Regardless of the type of surgery performed, physical therapy is important to help regain proper mobility of the shoulder region.  Many studies have shown how exercises decreases the effects of surgery and helps regain your normal activities.

Physical Therapy to regain mobility is doubly important for patients who have also undergone radiation as part of their treatment.  The effects of radiation on the skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the treated area last long after the treatment is finished.  These effects can be significantly lessened with the help of physical therapy/

Specifically, physical therapy is beneficial for soft tissue adhesion’s because of radiation or immobility.  Physical Therapy is also important for post-surgical swelling, lymphedema, and impaired neck mobility.  Just as important is regaining upper extremity strength/endurance, and overall cardiovascular re-conditioning.

If you, or a loved one has experienced the effects of breast cancer, call to schedule how physical therapy can help regain mobility and function.  Or, click here, to schedule a FREE consultation.

Andrew Vertson