Cancer Rehab

Post Cancer Care

General Cancer Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy has a much bigger role to play in recovery from Cancer treatment than what it has done in the past. Our Physical Therapists are specifically trained to address many of the side effects of Cancer care!

  • Do you have pain when you move?
  • Are you fatigued due to Chemotherapy treatment?
  • Do you have areas of numbness or pain in and around your surgical area?
  • Do you have questions or concerns about returning to the activities that you loved?
  • Do you feel like your arm or leg feels heavy or difficult to move?
  • Are you out of shape?
  • Do you find that you are having trouble with balance?
  • Are you having issues with fine motor skills or walking due to lack of sensation in hands or feet?
  • Do you have issues with leaking urine? Pain with vaginal insertion? Penile pain? Constipation? Pain with bowel movements? Or a change in bowel, bladder, or sexual functioning?

If any of these things are true, PHYSICAL THERAPY is right for you!

Breast Cancer – Exercise and fitness during and after Breast Cancer treatment are a vital part to maximize recovery. According to the American Cancer Society, it is important to do exercises regardless of the type of surgery to return to normal activities and decrease pain. (https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/treatment/surgery-for-breast-cancer/exercises-after-breast-cancer-surgery.html)

Physical therapy is also plays a significant role in the prevention, and management of Breast Cancer related lymphedema, we can assist with early management as well as prevention. See below for additional information.

Symptoms Physical therapy can assist with – Axillary Web syndrome, tightness in arm, restricted range of motion, Pain management, safe return to activity, Breast encapsulation, chest tightness during breast expansion.

Pelvic Cancers

  • Cervical Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal/Vulvar Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Colon Cancer

Our Pelvic Health Physical therapists are able to address any issues that arise from Surgery – from scar tissue to pain – Chemotherapy – from fatigue to peripheral neuropathy or Radiation treatment received during cancer treatment. They are trained in the newest techniques to improve healing and decrease pain.

 

Chronic Swelling

Lymphedema is a chronic swelling condition where protein rich fluid is in the spaces between cells. After Cancer treatment, you are at a increased lifetime risk of lymphedema. Lymphedema does not have a cure, but if treated appropriately we can help to minimize any dysfunction related to the chronic swelling. Current rates of lymphedema after breast cancer treatment are 44.8%, and after pelvic cancer treatment, rates range between 5% and 36%. This prevalent condition, if left untreated or if improperly managed can limit activity for the rest of your life.

Proper Treatment of Lymphedema includes COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY (CDT). This is made up of skin and nail care, manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, exercise and self-care. All of these areas will be addressed during your Physical therapy treatment.

Our Certified lymphedema therapists will educate you on the most proven interventions and prepare you for independent management of your condition.

 

Lipedema is a symmetrical accumulation of fat in subcutaneous tissues. Physical therapy can assist with tissue hypersensitivity and other symptoms through conservative techniques to decrease the inflammatory processes through improvement of lymphatic circulation through CDT and specific exercise.