There are many types of breast cancer that affect both women and men. Breast cancer can create many problems that are helped with breast cancer rehabilitation. Physiotherapists trained in breast cancer rehabilitation can help breast cancer survivors with many issues.
Scar Adherence can create pain and discomfort when the arm is moved away from the body.
Axillary Web Syndrome or Cording
A tight cord like structure that can be felt along the arm when it is moved. This syndrome is attributed to lymphovenous injury during axillary lymph node resection.
Frozen Shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
Frozen shoulder can be secondary to radiation or immobility, in which the mobility of the shoulder becomes very limited, and is often accompanied by pain.
Rotator Cuff Injury
Rotator cuff injury can be due to radiation or positioning during surgery. It can cause pain and inflammation, and can affect the range of motion of the shoulder, shoulder blade, and spine.
The body can become tight in the front musculature, and weaker in the back musculature, resulting in neck and shoulder pain. If left untreated, it can lead to chronic pain.
Secondary to lymph node resection or radiation, lympedema, which is a collection of fluid in the arm that can become very heavy and painful.
TRAM or DIEP Breast Reconstruction
Physiotherapists can also help following TRAM or DIEP breast reconstruction.
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Physiotherapy hands-on treatments, with concurrent individualized exercise programs, keeping in mind the specific needs of breast cancer clients, can greatly help clients in their recovery journey to a happy work and family life.