Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Individualized exercise programs

Individualized exercise programs can be designed to aid in restoring bone density and reduce the side effects associated with many cancer treatments.  

Often, cancer survivors struggle with:

  • Generalized weakness

  • Range of motion deficits

  • Pain

  • Compromised balance

  • Changes in skin sensation or integrity (such as excessive scar tissue)

  • Other physical deficits 

These secondary complications can impact daily activities, overall physical condition, and quality of life.  Fear of injury or secondary complications such as lymphedema, osteoporosis, or risk of falls may further inhibit survivors from reaching optimal recovery.  

 

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy can help a patient undergoing cancer treatment to improve:

  • Muscle strength

  • Flexibility

  • Endurance 

  • Aerobic condition 

  • Balance and Gait 

  • Function  

Specialized treatments may include lymphedema therapy, neurology rehabilitation, and skin and wound care management. 

The goals of physical therapy are to:

  • Enable cancer survivors to regain their functional independence. 

  • Educate cancer survivors in ways to lower their risk of injury.

  • Reduce fears associated with movement and function as daily activities are resumed.

  • Monitor and respond to any strains, pains, swelling, and joint-related mal-alignments which may occur during rehabilitation. 

Physical therapy begins with an evaluation of the cancer survivor’s current condition.  After the initial visit, the therapist will establish patient specific therapy goals and a plan of care.  The number of treatment sessions will be dependent upon the patient’s condition.