Physical Therapy

What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy involves the use of therapeutic exercises and activities to rebuild muscle strength, coordination and help regain previous functional levels. Physical therapists are the specialists who develop individualized rehabilitation plans according to the type of cancer and the specific goals for a patient. Plans may include strength and balance training, ambulation and range of motion exercises.

Is it safe?
The physical therapy staff works closely with patients and their families from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. They are dedicated to returning patients to independent living as quickly as possible.

What are the benefits of physical therapy?
Comprehensive cancer care involves more than just treating the cancer. At times surgery and other cancer treatments leave patients weakened, diminishing the level of independence and quality of life. Following treatment some patients may experience lymphedema which is characterized by fluid retention and swelling, most commonly in the arm or leg. The goals of physical therapy are to strengthen the body and restore movement. Benefits of physical therapy include:

  • Accelerated recovery
  • Increased range of motion, flexibility and balance
  • Improved strength and conditioning
  • Decreased pain
  • Restored function
  • Renewed independence
  • Lowered risk of post-treatment lymphedema
  • Reduced anxiety

Will insurance cover physical therapy?
Most commercial insurance companies will pay for physical therapy services. For details on specific carriers, please contact our insurance specialist.

Where do I sign up?
Please visit the front desk or your patient guide for information or to make an appointment.

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