Reaction Physical Therapy at Smokey Point


Oncology Rehabilitation

A diagnosis of cancer and its associated treatments can have a large impact on your life during and after your treatments are completed. If you have any of the following cancer related health issues, your RET Physical Therapist can help:

Lymphedema
Lymphedema is a chronic swelling that is caused by damage to the lymphatic system. The most common cause in the United States are procedures related to cancer treatment. This may include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Lymphedema can develop months or years after cancer treatments and can have a significant effect on your daily life. Physical therapy can help to manage lymphedema through complete decongestive therapy (CDT).

Urinary incontinence
Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects many men and women and is known to have increased incidence as related to prostate and bladder cancer. There are many physical therapy tools, including biofeedback that may help you improve this condition.

Adhesive capsulitis
Adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder is a common condition after breast cancer surgery/treatment. This condition is one in which shoulder movement is significantly restricted actively and passively. It can be painful and will interfere with daily tasks.

Axillary web syndrome
Axillary web syndrome (cording) is a condition that sometimes develops as a side effect of removal of lymph nodes from the axilla (armpit). This will typically occur several days to several weeks after surgery to remove lymph nodes. The cords may be painful, tight and may limit range of motion in your shoulder or elbow. Limited range of motion, balance or endurance.  There are countless ways in which your cancer surgery/ treatment may affect your daily life including balance and range of motion. Physical therapy can help you recover to your fullest following your cancer treatment.

Osteoporosis/osteopenia
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects many men and women in our society today. It is a known side effect of some cancer medications and treatments. Physical therapy is a great way to learn about this condition and appropriate exercises to help with bone building and prevention of injury.

Pelvic floor dysfunction
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a broad category and includes conditions including pelvic pain, constipation and incontinence. Complications following surgery/treatment for prostate, bladder, uterine, cervical or colorectal cancers may result in dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles. Physical therapy has many tools to help with complications involving the pelvic floor.

Radiation Fibrosis
Radiation therapy is a common and often effective cancer treatment. Unfortunately, radiation can also have an adverse effect on normal cells within the radiation field. This can cause fibrosis (tightness, thickening, scarring, discoloration) of the tissues that can limit your range of motion or functional use of the area.

Post-surgical needs
As with all surgery (cancer related or otherwise), there may be pain or complications that are difficult to manage on one’s own. Physical therapy can offer tools to help manage pain or swelling, teach you how to use a cane or walker for the first time and assist with regaining strength and range of motion.

Give us a call today to inquire about our Oncology Rehabilitation program 360-658-8400

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