Physical Health

The Benefits of Physical Therapy after Breast Surgery

With permission and orders from your surgeon…

Here Are 10 Ways Physical Therapy Can Help After Breast Surgery:

  1. Decrease pain
  2. Decrease swelling
  3. Prevent soft tissue adhesions and improve scar tissue flexibility
  4. Improve shoulder and neck mobility
  5. Provide supervised strengthening when appropriate to do so
  6. Improve posture and body image
  7. Improve cardiovascular conditioning
  8. Minimize the risk of developing Lymphedema (offer specialized treatment if it does occur)
  9. Provide education for protection of implants and reconstructive sites
  10. Improve quality of life by restoring normal function and return to full activity when appropriate

Summarized from information at APTA.org

APTA educational resources:

http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/NewsNow/2014/2/18/PTAfterMastectomy/

http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/breast-cancer-lymphedema-role-of-physical-therapy

Find a physical therapy provider who specializes in mastectomy care:

http://aptaapps.apta.org/findapt/default.aspx?NavID=10737422525&UniqueKey=

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