Having cancer frequently involves a lot of change: There may be new medications, infusions, radiation treatments and tons of doctors visits. Treatment for cancer also frequently involves surgery. With everything happening all at once, you may not even realize just how much your body has been through, but it’s a lot! Contact Cornerstone Physical Therapy today!
Sometimes, either during or after treatment for cancer, a patient will report pain. Often these pains seem completely unrelated to your treatment, but they can be scary. It’s always a good idea to report any new pain to your doctor, but it’s actually pretty common for symptoms like these to be an indirect result of treatment. There’s research to support, for example, that abdominal surgeries will increase your risk for developing low back pain. Having a unilateral mastectomy also increases your back pain risk due to small but significant changes in your posture. Even a prolonged hospital stay can reduce your strength causing a flare-up of a chronic joint issue.
Our physical therapy team is familiar with these possibilities and will use your medical history and a physical examination to determine areas that need to be stretched, strengthened or otherwise addressed to help reverse the negative effects of cancer treatment as much as possible. For more details contact us today!