A breast cancer diagnosis is the start of a life-changing and challenging journey. Your breast cancer treatment (surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy) is life-saving, but can result in residual physical impairments that can affect your daily functioning.
Our Mission at Premier Therapy Centers is to:
- Educate you and your loved ones
- Alleviate or prevent residual physical impairments and to return you to your activities
- Elevate your overall health and wellness
Following breast surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, you may experience some of the following:
- Severe tightness in the breast, chest or upper arm due to scarring at the incision sight after surgery or from fibrosis due to radiation
- Loss of range of motion and/or strength in the arm, shoulder or neck with resulting loss of ability to perform activities of daily living
- Postural changes and accompanying myofascial pain
- Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) which is numbness or other changes in sensation in the fingers or toes and can also include muscle weakness
- Balance deficits due to changes in sensation, range of motion, strength and posture
- Lymphedema or swelling throughout the involved arm or hand. The risk for developing this varies
- Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) which is a decrease in endurance or tolerance for activity and limits to overall function
Physical therapists are healthcare specialists that are trained in evaluating and treating issues related to joint and muscle function. At Premier Therapy Centers, our physical therapists work in a private, enclosed treatment area that facilitates a confidential, caring and supportive atmosphere. An individualized physical therapy program might include:
- Manual therapy - to minimize scar tissue, increase soft tissue and/or joint mobility, increase range of motion and improve lymphatic flow
- Therapeutic exercise - to improve posture, balance, range of motion, strength and endurance to improve your overall function
- Passive modalities - heat, ice, electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound that can help alleviate residual pain and numbness
To make an appointment with a Premier Therapy Centers’ physical therapist:
- A physician will write a referral for physical therapy evaluation and treatment.
- The patient contacts Premier Therapy Centers to schedule an initial evaluation.
- The patient undergoes a consultation and evaluation with a physical therapist, then schedules further appointments.
- After the initial appointment, the physical therapist faxes the referring physician the evaluation report and plan for therapy, including the findings, treatment plan and goals.
- The physician signs and returns the therapy plan of care to Premier Therapy Centers.
At the initial evaluation, the following information will be important for our physical therapists to develop your plan of care:
- The type of surgical procedure that was performed
- Any cosmetic procedures that were done or are planned
- History of past or present chemotherapy or radiation
- Any other significant medical history
- A description of the patients typical daily activities and goals for therapy