A recent study presented during the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium found that physical therapy can greatly help restore arm mobility and range-of-motion in breast cancer patients who had their lymph nodes removed. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to take a quick look at the study and its findings.
The study itself focused on 568 female patients who had recently had their lymph nodes removed. 253 of the women were given general education about the signs and symptoms of lymphedema. The other 315 women were given the same information, plus physical therapy stretching exercises. A year after surgery, women in the physical therapy group reported significantly better range-of-motion in their arms than the women who had not received physical therapy.
Arm Physical Therapists in MN
If you are experiencing symptoms of lymphedema after lymph node surgery, physical therapy can help. At OrthoRehab Specialists, we work with patients throughout the Twin Cities area to help improve mobility issues. For nearly thirty years, our team of rehab professionals have been providing physical therapy care for a wide range of issues. We are highly respected in the industry and have more than 600 local providers who refer their patients to us. We also offer direct access to physical therapy for patients who do not have referrals. Contact us today to set up your appointment with one of our physical therapy experts at our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics.
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