Fatigue, weakness, decreased flexibility or mobility and nausea, the side effect of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery vary. However, working with a physical or occupational therapist can help cancer patients feel better and get stronger every day.

How Physical & Occupational Therapy Can Help

Physical and occupational therapists provide individual education and treatment plans aimed at helping patients regain strength, build endurance, increase function and have more energy. Therapy can also help improve nerve function or compensate for nerve dysfunction and address issues that may arise following treatment, such as lymphedema.

In addition to physical movement, therapists teach breathing and positioning techniques that can help you more easily accomplish personal goals.

Therapists regularly communicate with your medical team to ensure that every aspect of therapy is appropriate and beneficial. In addition to the physical and functional benefits of education and exercise, physical and occupational therapy empowers patients to take an active role in their cancer treatment, while promoting a better quality of life.

So if you’re going through cancer treatment, talk with your doctor about whether physical and occupational therapy is right for you.

Find a Physical or Occupational Therapist Near You, Call (716) 706-2112

Find a Physical or Occupational Therapist Near You, Call (716) 706-2112

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