July 31, 2013

Post-Cancer Physical Therapy

Over 1.5 million new cancer cases are diagnosed every year. Individuals who are diagnosed and treated for cancer have many side-effects that limit their daily function including fatigue, mobility restrictions, pain, weakness, stress, and decreased quality of life.                           

Post-cancer physical therapy treatment can be very beneficial; however, it is often over-looked. Physical therapists can help improve mobility and strength, and decrease pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, and restore quality of life for individuals who are fighting cancer or are in remission. Treatments offered by physical therapists to help individuals who are suffering from cancer related side-effects include soft tissue and joint mobilizations, stretching,
strengthening, conditioning and patient education. The benefits of physical therapy and exercise include improved immune function, heart and lung endurance, muscle mass and decreased adverse weight gain, heart rate, blood pressure, pain, swelling and cancer-related fatigue.

To make an appointment with any of Northern Rehab's physical therapy specialists for individuals who are fighting cancer, please call 815.756.8524.



Should I ask my doctor to refer me if I think I may need therapy?

Definitely. When you have a problem you think may be helped by physical therapy ask your doctor or give us a call and we will help you to determine if this is a problem that may be helped by physical therapy.

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Your Right to Choose

The decision of where you go to receive treatment is
yours. If you have a specific therapist or practice you
would like to go to, you should let your doctor or
insurance company know this. Not all physical
therapists or practices are the same and the choice
of your provider is yours.