Post Mastectomy Therapy

Woman with her back to the cameraA person with breast cancer may undergo a variety of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. Any one of the many surgical procedures may affect a person’s ability to perform daily activities. Activities such as dressing, bathing, and combing hair can be a challenge as it may be difficult to move their shoulder and arm. Occupational and Physical Therapy can assist in restoring independence.

Treatment options include therapeutic intervention and patient education in the following areas:

  • Lumpectomy with reconstruction
  • Mastectomy with no reconstruction
  • Mastectomy with any stage of reconstruction, including tissue expanders, implants, and autologus reconstruction (TRAM or LAT Flap)

The Women’s Health Rehabilitation Program at Northeast Rehab is committed to helping women who are experiencing changes in their lives as a result of post mastectomy conditions following breast cancer treatment. Our rehabilitation strategies are designed to help women enhance their ability to function and improve their quality of life. These strategies are designed to:

  • Promote progress of post-surgery healing
  • Alleviate pain and swelling after surgery
  • Assist in preventing formation of scar tissue and soft tissue restrictions
  • Increase upper extremity range of motion, strength, flexibility and mobility post-surgery
  • Assist in postural training to restore upright positioning
  • Restore or increase physical stamina after surgery and treatment
  • Assist in preventing lymphedema by promoting drainage of lymphatic fluids
  • Restore difficulties performing daily activities such as reaching and lifting