Pre mastectomy/lumpectomy: It is well documented that doing regular breast self exams before the age of 40 and following with yearly mammograms after 40 increases the survival rate in a case of detected cancer formation.
Post mastectomy/lumpectomy: After surgical intervention and radiation, it is necessary to work on the scar tissue that has been formed. Scar tissue can cause a limitation of movement in the chest wall (which may affect breathing) and mobility of the shoulder and arm.
Physiotherapy Treatment in Surrey:
- Self-help techniques
- Myofascial release/Joint mobilization
- Scar care and exercise to promote range of motion.
- Lymphodaema is defined as swelling that forms mainly in the arms/legs or chest wall following the surgical removal of lymph nodes and radiation treatment. It presents as tightness and swelling under the tissue and results in a limitation in range of motion and function of the affected area. It may occur immediately after the surgery or months after the surgical interventions.
- Self-treatment techniques
- Myofascial release
- Compression garments or pumps
- Massage therapy
Pelvic floor dysfunction
Pelvic floor dysfunction is the term used to describe pain and dysfunction in the muscles of the pelvic floor. It presents with pain and dysfunction of the bladder, bowel, vaginal wall and pain with sitting. Pelvic floor dysfunction may become chronic and can lead to a continuous circle of tension, anxiety, protective guarding and functional limitation.
Symptoms ofpelvic floor dysfunction can include:
- Urinary dysfunction
- Pain in the rectum (like sitting on a golf ball)
- Pain with bowel movements
- Vaginal/perineal pain with or without pain during intercourse
- Low back/tail bone/pubic bone/groin pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Decreased sexual drive
- Decreased social activities and decreased self confidence.
Physio Treatment includes:
- Myofascial release
- Core stability training
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Bio-feedback and electrical muscle stimulation