October 2014 Newsletter

Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon

Every October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Physical Therapy Monthly. Across the nation, walks, fundraisers, and outpouring support are focused on the fight against breast cancer. While most people think of the traditional methods to fight the disease, many do not know that physical therapy can be very helpful for women undergoing medical treatment.

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy may cause some women to develop, pain, swelling and numbness in their chest, arm, and back. Following an appropriate healing time following treatment, physicians may refer patients to a physical therapist who will assess their pain and range of motion to develop an exercise program that will help regain strength and mobility in affected areas. The following side effects may develop after treatment for breast cancer:

  • Decreased shoulder range of motion
  • Decreased shoulder strength
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Poor Posture
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Increased risk for Osteoporosis
  • Increased risk for lymphedema
  • Impaired functional ability to perform activities of daily living
National Physical Therapy Month Physical Therapy

Your physical therapist may perform:

  • Manual therapy to heal scar tissue and improve range of motion
  • Restoring sensation and relieve nerve pain
  • Shoulder exercises to help prevent lymphedema and restore full function
  • Conditioning exercises to restore strength and combat fatigue
  • Patient education on scar management and the prevention of lymphedema

It is a Boy

Recently, we welcomed a new addition to the ALL Therapy family when Dr. Lord Ryan gave birth to a healthy baby boy on September 30, 2014. Nicholas Lord Ryan weighed in at 7lbs, 13oz and 21.5 inches long. Congratulations to Dr. Lord Ryan and family!

Health Fair

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 1am-2pm
Please join ALL Therapy at the Spring Arbor Health Fair
106 Gazebo Lane, Middletown DE