In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve been bringing you articles every week on the causes, risks, and stages of breast cancer, as well as some of the treatment options available, and the importance of physical therapy care for breast cancer patients. As October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) comes to an end, we’d like to talk about life after breast cancer.
Living Life After Breast Cancer
When diagnosed with breast cancer, many patients have a tendency to shut down and give up. But it’s important to remain optimistic and find a treatment plan that works for you. Breast cancer has high survival rates when caught and treated early enough.
During your treatment – whether you’re going through radiation, chemo, or surgery – it’s equally important to stay positive, even though it can be difficult. And after your treatment, once the cancer is gone, you have to keep moving forward. Going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment changes a person, but it’s not necessarily a bad change. With the right recovery tools you can continue leading a life that’s full of fun.
The Importance of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy after breast cancer treatment can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life. After breast cancer surgery, patients are often in a lot of pain, and have a decreased range of motion in the arms, armpits, and chest. Working with a specialized physical therapist can help you adapt to the changes brought on by surgery, and diminish your pain at the same time. A breast cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, but many patients go on to lead active, fun-filled lives after treatment. Physical therapy is an important element of a successful recovery strategy.
OrthoRehab Specialists offers breast cancer physical therapy (among other specialties) to patients throughout Minnesota. We offer direct access to physical therapy and have over twenty-five years of experience in the area. Our primary clinics are located in Minneapolis and Edina but we provide physical therapy care throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Contact us at one of our clinics today to set up your appointment with one of our physical therapists.