Physical Therapy Helps Cancer Patients & Survivors

Physical therapists are crucial in almost every area of medicine. Whether dealing with patients that have been through physical trauma, are suffering with chronic pain, spinal injuries, or even have a muscle condition – physical therapists are needed. The job of a physical therapist is to remediate impairments, promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through diagnosis and physical intervention. Because of these duties, physical therapists are a shoe-in for being able to benefit cancer patients.

Being diagnosed with cancer is extremely difficult for patients along with their families. Every day you meet with new doctors and specialists for constant evaluation and supervision. One of these health care providers that you should request is a physical therapist. Because physical therapists specialize in making your body work in the most functional way, requesting to work with a PT during your treatment can help improve your quality of life. As of right now, PT’s are not utilized in this field often, despite the fact that they are able to design a beneficial treatment plan. Jean Kotkiewicz, PT, DPT, CLT, Supervisor, Inpatient PT at MSKCC, told Cancer.Net:

I think it is also important to note that physical therapists create a bridge in the lives of these patients. On one side we have the physician’s orders, medical treatments, and weight-bearing restrictions, while the other side represents the patient’s daily life before, during, and after diagnosis.  We provide a way to incorporate one side with the other in a way in which a patient understands, maintains, and is able to incorporate the important aspects of treatment safely.

Not only can physical therapy help improve quality of life DURING treatment, but it also crucial for cancer survivors. After battling cancer you are extremely fatigued and often times you don’t feel like yourself in your own body. Physical therapy is a way for you to re-gain your strength while also having a place to voice your struggles. Often times cancer can leave you with a long recovery ahead, whether it’s from invasive surgery or chemotherapy, our physical therapists here at Oahu Spine & Rehab are here to help. If you are currently battling cancer or a cancer survivor, give OSR in Kailua a call today to schedule your complimentary consultation at 488-5555.

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Resources:

http://www.cancer.net/blog/2014-09/spotlight-physical-therapists-oncology

http://www.curetoday.com/articles/new-study-analyzes-physical-therapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer-survivors?p=1

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