1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer within their lifetime as well as 1 in 1,000 men in their lifetime. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we couldn’t let the month pass by without talking about how beneficial physical therapy is for those who have been diagnosed with this condition.

How does physical therapy help? There are several different exercises and treatments your Physical Therapist can teach you and perform for you pre- and post-surgery. After surgery, you will find that your range of motion isn’t what it used to be. Your physical therapist can work with you to increase your range of motion which will decrease the amount of pain you experience with the movement. In a study done with women post-surgery, they compared a group of women who participated in physical therapy with those who were educated only on what they should do at home post-surgery. They found that the women who participated in physical therapy healed more quickly and had their range of motion return more quickly.

Physical therapy can help strengthen your body before surgery and speed up the healing process post-surgery. Our Physical Therapists at RPT will work with you closely to design a treatment plan that will provide the greatest benefit for you. During this difficult time, we’re on your team and pushing for your recovery. You can trust us to provide the best possible care for you and your loved ones.