post-cancer rehab Glen Burnie, MD

Post-Cancer Pain

Cancer affects nearly 40% of Americans at some point in their lives. Cancer itself and treatments for cancer can cause a multitude of physical problems. These physical problems are likely to remain if left unaddressed, even when in remission. Physical therapy can help overcome these cancer-related ailments to improve overall health and function to return to your normal life.

Cancer and the side effects can cause problems such as:

  •     Pain
  •     Numbness
  •     Swelling
  •     Muscle Weakness
  •     Joint stiffness
  •     Fatigue
  •     Poor balance
  •     Poor endurance
  •     Loss in bone strength

How can physical therapy help?

Physical Therapists are trained to assist cancer survivors whether they have undergone chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. Physical therapists can assist individuals with trying to minimize scarring, improving circulation, and reducing pain. A physical therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and design an individualized program to meet the needs of a given patient. Physical therapists can work with you to improve the following areas:

  • Pain, spasms, numbness, and tingling by using hands-on manual therapy followed by targeted exercises. Hopefully, this will help you reduce or eliminate opioid pain medication intake.
  • Endurance: aerobic exercises such as walking or biking 20 min 3 times per week can assist with fatigue and optimize healing.
  • Bone density: certain exercises can maintain bone strength and prevent a further bone loss that may have occurred as a result of cancer treatments.
  • Lymphedema and swelling: manual therapy and exercises, as well as applying compression garments, can reduce swelling.
  • Scar reduction: scar massage and certain modalities can improve the mobility of your scars to prevent them from inhibiting your range of motion or spreading to a larger area.
  • Body weight: gentle return to activity can reduce body weight and be a step toward a healthier lifestyle.
  • Walking: physical therapists can work with you on walking with a cane, walker, etc. A physical therapist can also work with you to transition away from these devices if possible.
  • Motion and flexibility: physical therapist can work with you to restore range of motion in stiff or treated joints. This can be done by using both hands-on manual therapy and targeted exercises.
  • Strength: you can learn the correct exercises to restore strength in areas of your body that have lost their strength.
  • Coordination/balance: physical therapist can work with you on improving your balance to prevent falls. We offer services at the center – Glen Burnie, MD.