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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation in Owen Sound

Bayshore Physical Therapy offers breast cancer rehabilitation with a goal to restore and maximize function.

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Pre-operative Rehabilitation

This establishes baseline measures including range of motion, strength, limb volume, pain, and functional activities. Instructions include:

  • Exercises with progressions
  • Document pre-morbid conditions
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Postural exercises
  • Pain management
  • Return to functional activities
  • Lymphedema awareness
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Resources in the community

Early Post-operative Rehabilitation

The goal is to return to basic functional activities and begin to re-establish fluid dynamics.

Ongoing Surveillance (6 Weeks Onward)

This surveillance includes:

  • Continue/add passive stretches and scapular stabilizers
  • Lymphedema risk reduction/education
  • Weight and exercise program
  • Ongoing surveillance of function and musculoskeletal limitation
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How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Physical therapy can help address challenges that persist after cancer treatment, including:

  • Pain
  • Decreased range of motion and mobility
  • Decreased strength 
  • Swelling and/or lymphedema
  • Decreased grip strength, which is directly related to function
  • Seroma formation
  • Scar adhesions
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Neuropathy, nerve disorders, and/or neural tension 
  • Postural deficits
  • Axillary web syndrome 
  • Loss of function
  • Altered body image
  • Cancer related fatigue
  • Decreased ability to work and function in the home 
  • Fascial restrictions
  • Cognitive changes/difficulties
  • Altered immune system
  • Psychological, emotional, & social impairments
  • Pelvic changes and/or sexual function

If you have any questions about this service or would like to set up an appointment, please contact our friendly staff at Bayshore Physical Therapy.

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