How can physical therapy help breast cancer patients?
October is internationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is estimated that in the United States alone, 1-in-8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2019, over 40,000 women will lose their lives because of it.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer forms when one or more of the cells in the breast multiply at an abnormal rate. Because there are different stages of breast cancer, this depends on which cells become cancerous. Fortunately, 90% of breast cancer that is detected early enough can be cured, and the survival rate for breast cancer patients is generally high.
What are the symptoms or warning signs of breast cancer?
Generally, the symptoms of breast cancer include, but are not limited to the following:
• A lump found in the breast
• A change in texture of the skin surrounding the breast and the nipple regions
• Discharge, specifically bloody discharge, from the nipple
• In some cases, sudden reddening and warmth of the breast
How can physical therapy help with breast cancer patients?
For breast cancer patients, specifically after a mastectomy, physical therapy can aid significantly in returning to a normal flow of movement in the arms. A physical therapist can evaluate a patient’s posture, range of motion, and the movement of surrounding nerves, among other factors.
Through various strength exercises, stretching, and massage practices, a trained physical therapist can help improve the quality of life significantly for a breast cancer patient.
Before beginning any new physical therapy regimen, it is important you consult with your physician or specialist. If you would like to learn more about Theramotion’s work with patients please contact us at 718-279-9800. Additionally, you can fill out contact information on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.