Physical Therapy for Cancer Patients
Physical therapy and exercise are often a part of cancer rehabilitation. Both of these activities can help you regain strength and reduce pain, as well as to improve your independence and quality of life.
Patients can begin physical therapy while still in the hospital, and therapy may continue on an outpatient basis after they have been discharged from the hospital.
How Can Cancer Patients Benefit from Physical Therapy?
Our physical therapists can help you with:
• Walking and Independent Mobility – Our therapists can teach you how to walk safely inside and outside your home, as well as learn how to climb stairs.
• Providing Special Equipment – Our physical therapists can recommend special adaptive equipment to help you become more independent, such as canes or walkers for walking or fit you with custom braces to help strengthen your legs.
• Pain Reduction – Physical therapy can provide solutions to pain management, including heat and cold applications, electrical stimulation, and other therapy programs.
• Improving Functional Independence – Your physical therapist can both use and teach you hands-on techniques to improve your strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and coordination.
• Creating a Home Exercise Program – Your physical therapist will evaluate your current needs and design a specialized exercise program that addresses your own unique needs. At-home programs can help you increase your independence by working on your strength, balance, and coordination.
• Caregiver Training – In addition to providing support for the patient, our therapists can help you family members and caregivers learn how to safely help patients in transfers and during walking or exercise.