What is physical therapy?
Cancer and the processes used to treat cancer can have a harsh effect on the body that compromises a patient's quality of life. Physical therapy is a type of rehabilitation that aims to help restore the body's physical function and make day-to-day movement easier.
Physical therapy can help strengthen parts of the body, boost the immune system and alleviate pain and fatigue resulting from cancer treatment. Physical therapy may consist of range of motion exercises, strength training, stretching and/or cardiovascular exercise.
The physical therapy team at Baptist Cancer Center works closely with each patient and physician to design an individualized treatment program with a focus on improving function and optimizing independence.
Who can benefit from physical therapy?
Your physician may recommend physical therapy during or after cancer treatment. During cancer treatment, patients can benefit from physical therapy by building strength and endurance and boosting the immune system to preventing complications.
After cancer treatment is complete, physical therapy may be recommended as a means to cope with harsh side effects.
Patients may benefit from physical therapy if they are experiencing any of the following issues:
- Decreased endurance
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Difficulty with balance
- Radiation fibrosis
- Scar tissue adhesions
- Difficulty in walking
- Loss of flexibility
- Muscle weakness
- Jaw dysfunction
- Joint stiffness
- Postural changes
If you're experiencing any of the conditions listed above as a result of cancer or cancer treatment, talk to your doctor about physical therapy at Baptist Cancer Center.