Rehabilitation after Breast Cancer Physiotherapy London
Lymphoedema & Lymphatic drainage
Women that are treated for breast cancer might need to undergo radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery as part of their treatment. All these treatments can cause pain and stiffness in the chest, armpit, shoulder and arm area as a side effect. Surgery can also cause swelling and numbness in the area where it was performed. Some patients also report that they experience higher levels of fatigue after treatment. Physiotherapy can help manage all these side effects and help you regain mobility by improving range of motion and reducing pain. Studies have shown that women who have.
One in five women will experience lymphoedema after breast surgery for lymph node removal. The term refers to swelling in the armpit and breast area, caused by fluid gathered in the area, due to the lymphatic system not working properly after the surgery. Studies have shown that early physiotherapy is a very effective intervention in the prevention of secondary lymphoedema. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) will help move the fluid from the affected area to where the lymphatic system works properly in order to reduce swelling. Our specialised London physiotherapist can also show you some stretching exercises and bandaging techniques that will also help.
Another side effect of the surgery can be Axillary web syndrome (AWS), also known as cording. It refers to the feeling of having a tight cord running down the affected arm, from the armpit to the elbow, or sometimes down the entire arm. It will feel painful and tight, and lifting your arms or extending your elbow fully might be difficult. Manual therapy can help release the cord tissue in order to improve your range of motion. You will be also given stretching exercises by our specialised physiotherapist, which you can perform on your own in between sessions, which will help you improve your range of motion further.
Our specialised London physiotherapist can also give you advice on fatigue management and energy preservation, so you can slowly return to normal and regain your levels of energy and your strength.
We offer individual treatment sessions at home in London, so you don’t have to worry about travelling while you’re still recovering after surgery. However, if you prefer, we can also treat you at one of our two practices, in Belgravia and Moorgate. Please contact us for more details.
We are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa recognised and axa ppp recognised
For home visit physiotherapy & osteopathy in London:
0207 125 0262 / 0782 455 3765
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