What is oncology rehabilitation?

Oncology rehabilitation addresses some of the impairments from cancer and cancer treatment, including pain, swelling, numbness, weakness, fatigue, joint pain and stiffness, balance and coordination issues and difficulty walking or moving. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation, and an individualized treatment plan is made to meet each patient’s unique needs and goals. Treatment may include manual therapy, massage to reduce swelling, wound care for surgical incisions, exercise to promote fitness or application of assistive devices.

What are the benefits?

Studies have shown that a physical exercise regimen improves the chances of surviving cancer. Because of this, physical therapy has become an integral piece of cancer patients’ overall care plans. The benefits of oncology rehabilitation may include improved mobility and independence, reduced swelling, improved flexibility, reduced stiffness and improved overall health and well-being.

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