Why physiotherapy for cancer rehab?
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy input during cancer rehabilitation can help to:
When to consult a physiotherapist
Pre-op assessment for baseline measures are ideal. This is a great time to provide education about your recovery & progressive post-op exercises.
If you perceive sensory changes in your chest wall/arm (heaviness, fullness, tightness, etc.), especially if it is associated with visual swelling.
Before starting any treatment regimen; learn about potential side effects, how to prevent them, and when to follow up should they occur.
If you notice functional changes with daily activities or exercises like decreased strength, movement restrictions, impaired endurance, or changes in balance/motor function.
Inability or hesitancy to perform the things that usually elevate your quality of life like sexual intimacy, exercise, sports, hobbies, or work performance.
If you are experiencing pain, tightness, or range of motion restrictions associated with scar tissue or skin changes.