With the increase in incidence of cancer, the need for pain management, mobility, endurance and strength in patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery is paramount.
“Lymphedema” is most commonly caused by the removal of/damage to one’s lymph nodes, as part of cancer treatment. It refers to the resulting swelling in one’s arms or legs. Manual lymphatic drainage, pneumatic compression and compression bandaging are some of the techniques used in physiotherapy to manage the condition.
Another side effect of radiation and cancer surgery is joint and muscle stiffness (fibrosis). Cancer rehab reduces the resulting pain via exercise. It also helps in the overall wellbeing of the patient, to help cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.