Post-Mastectomy Therapy

Mastectomy Rehabilitation at Bodyworks Physical Therapy

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, except for skin cancers. It accounts for about 30% (or 1 in 3) of all new female cancers each year. One of the treatments that may be involved in treating breast cancer is mastectomy. Early intervention by a physical therapist at Bodyworks Physical Therapy can help women regain full function following mastectomy surgery, regardless of whether or not a woman has had reconstruction.

Tailored Rehabilitation for Individual Needs

Rehabilitation is always tailored to each patient’s specific needs and provided 1 on 1 by a female therapist in a private treatment room. Not every patient experiences the same recovery, and our physical therapists are prepared to help patients experiencing a multitude of symptoms including emotional support during this very difficult recovery.

Common Problems After Mastectomy

  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS)
  • Tightness in chest
  • Pain at surgical site
  • Scar tissue at incision site
  • Posture impairment
  • Weakness
  • Deconditioning

How Physical Therapy Can Help After Mastectomy

Our physical therapy program aims to address various post-mastectomy issues, including:

  • Improve scar tissue mobility
  • Improve shoulder range of motion
  • Improve shoulder strength
  • Improve posture and core strength
  • Decrease pain at the surgical site
  • Decrease swelling
  • Improve sensation at the surgical site
  • Reduce fears surrounding mastectomy surgery

Preparing for Physical Therapy

Your surgeon will advise you when you can begin Physical Therapy after mastectomy. Often, meeting with a physical therapist before surgery can help you feel more at ease and more confident in your overall recovery goals. It’s never too early to ask questions!

At Bodyworks Physical Therapy, our dedicated team of therapists is committed to helping women recover from mastectomy surgery and regain their quality of life. Contact us today to learn more about our personalized rehabilitation programs.

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