Physical Therapy for Cancer Patients
What is Physical Therapy for Cancer Patients?
Going through cancer can be one of the most emotionally and physically challenging events in one's life. The American Cancer Society recommends that cancer patients should generally maintain physical activity to decrease fatigue and maintain function. Physical therapists are physical movement experts with medical background, making them the perfect pairing for this recommendation. In addition, we will communicate with your healthcare team to understand your condition and create an appropriate treatment plan. Furthermore, physical therapy for cancer patients is a paramount service we provide and we are proud of the work and collaboration we will do to design a safe and individualized rehabilitative program for you.
How physical therapy can help cancer patients:
- Mitigate pain
- Improve balance
- Reduce cancer-related fatigue
- Improve swelling
- Build strength
- Reduce numbness
- Improve function
What should I expect at my physical therapy appointment:
First, our physical therapists will get to know you. They will ask you questions about your medical history, previous injuries, and your cancer treatments. They will inquire about your lifestyle and activities to understand what future goals you hold. Secondly, they will do a physical assessment. This includes watching you move and gently testing your strength and mobility. Because of their expert body knowledge, our physical therapists will not push you beyond what you can handle. We work with you to see what you're comfortable doing. Thirdly, our physical therapists will discuss their findings with you and what exercise they feel are appropriate. They will create a customized home exercise program and review it in detail. Treatment plans for cancer patients also may include manual therapy, education, advice, and activity modification. Our empathetic and caring physical therapists have the extensive knowledge base to help you through this difficult time.
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