Fatigue is one of, if not the most common symptom of patients diagnosed with cancer. Studies show that fatigue affects greater than 90% of patients with cancer, regardless of the type of cancer they have or the types of treatment they receive. Certain treatments, however, make the likelihood of fatigue even greater! The difference between fatigue and just being tired, is that rest does not improve fatigue symptoms. So what can be done?
Researchers agree that exercise is the most effective way to combat cancer-related fatigue. This can seem counter-intuitive. You’re tired, how are you supposed to exercise? That is why physical therapy is so beneficial. Our physical therapist will complete an individual assessment of your goals and your current abilities. From there, they will help you to find the appropriate exercises specific to your needs. As your strength and energy levels improve, they’ll guide you through a progression of exercises so that you continue to be appropriately challenged, without the risk of injury.
In addition to just improving strength and endurance, our therapy team will also assess how efficiently you are moving. Being off balance or not walking and moving in an efficient way will burn excessive energy. When you don’t have the energy to spare, this is a bad thing. Luckily, our team can guide you to move your body more appropriately so that you can make the most of the strength you have. For more details contact us today!