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Does your therapist know what to do with your cancer history?

Decreased heart function years after cancer treatment may not be an isolated problem. It may be related to your cancer history and treatment. The same is true with low back pain due to osteopenia or osteoporosis. These may be late-effect symptoms of your cancer treatments.

If referred to a Cancer Physical Therapist early on, these late-effect symptoms are often preventable. At Riverside Medical Center,we offer a Cancer Physical Therapy Survivorship Program. Our concern goes beyond preventing lymphedema or gaining function after mastectomy.We also work with you to prevent late-effect symptoms of cancer treatments, allowing you to enjoy a maximum quality of life.

From the moment of diagnosis, every patient will go through a series of events involving two or more of the following:

Each event potentially poses concerns including, but not limited to: pain, swelling, loss of motion, and loss of function. All of these concerns can be adequately addressed if referred to Physical Therapy as soon as possible for a better quality of life.

For more information download our brochures on Breast Cancer Physical Therapy and Cancer Survivorship .

Lymphedema Therapy at Riverside

Lymphedema is a chronic, debilitating disease of the lymphatic system. This condition develops when the lymph pathways are unable to circulate the excess fluid within the tissues, causing swelling.

Lymphedema is often seen in patients who have undergone surgery and/or radiation for cancer treatment. However, it can also be related to patients who have a genetic predisposition to the disease, a traumatic injury, tumor growth, or other infections. Common complications include:

Lymphedema therapy combines manual techniques, compression wrapping/bandaging and exercise to relieve pain and swelling from lymphedema. A case of lymphedema means lifelong management. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, daily treatment of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) can reduce swelling and decrease complications. Effective long-term lymphedema management generally requires inclinic treatment with a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant certified in lymphedema treatment, followed by daily home maintenance.

CDT has four components:

Additional treatment methods may include:

The goals of treatment include:

For more information download our brochures on Lymphedema and Chronic Swelling Management and Lymphedema and Chronic Edema Management.