Physical Therapist Services for Cancer-Related Problems
Cancer, and the treatments for it, can cause physical problems such as pain, numbness, swelling, weakness, loss of balance, and difficulty moving or walking.
Regular physical activity can reduce the risk for developing certain types of cancer, including breast, colon, lung, and prostate. It may even improve the chances of surviving some cancers. A physical therapist can develop a personalized physical activity program that can reduce your risk for dying.
When cancer does occur, the disease and its treatment can cause several physical problems such as:
- Numbness, tingling, and reduced feeling in your arms and legs.
- Fatigue, weakness, and a chronic risk of losing your balance.
- Difficulty moving or walking.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity can help cancer survivors manage many of these problems. Physical therapists design personalized physical activity programs and provide treatment for problems related to cancer or cancer treatment. These services can improve health and function, assist in the return to work and other important life activities, and reduce the risk for a cancer recurrence.
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To find a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
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The resources below are designed to help you understand how a physical therapist can help cancer survivors and offer health tips for cancer prevention and recovery.
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