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Physical Therapy Month: Cancer Rehab available in Gillette, Wyoming

Physical Therapy Month: Cancer Rehab available in Gillette, Wyoming

Did you know that October is National Physical Therapy Month? For those who don't know, Cancer Rehabilitation is among the therapy services available at Campbell County Health Rehabilitation Services.

Chemotherapy, radiation, and sometimes surgery are common treatments for people diagnosed with cancer. But almost every cancer patient can benefit from Cancer Rehabilitation at any point in their treatment, even when their disease is in remission. Cancer rehab is different from orthopedic physical therapy for injuries to knees or other joints and can help with swelling, mobility, and pain.

A 2013 study showed that up to 75 percent of breast cancer patients experienced a decrease in their arm and shoulder range of motion and an increase in pain within one week after surgery. Beginning rehab treatment two to three weeks after breast surgery allows therapists to help the patient transition from the body’s normal reaction of inflammation and the creation of scar tissue with less discomfort and increased mobility. Therapy can also help with lymphedema, a collection of fluid that causes swelling in the arms and legs after cancer surgeries that remove or damage the lymph nodes.
Every patient responds differently to cancer treatment, but most can experience relief with therapy for their specific type of cancer. Chemotherapy often causes a loss of balance due to a condition called neuropathy, which causes symptoms of numbness, pins, and needles, tingling or burning sensations in the extremities. Cancer Rehab can help patients relearn how to go about activities of daily living and even teach the nerves and brain the correct gait or walking patterns.

And CCH’s orthotics and prosthetics services can custom design, fit and maintain mastectomy bras, prosthesis, and compression sleeves for cancer patients of all ages.

Cancer Rehabilitation services are covered by most insurance plans and require a referral from a physician or advance practice provider. Referrals can be made regardless of where the patient is in their cancer treatment phase.

Recovery from an injury or illness condition requires hard work and commitment. Our compassionate and experienced staff at Campbell County Health Rehabilitation Services in Gillette, Wyoming helps each patient reach their goals in a team-oriented atmosphere. Therapists and their patients form a partnership, and set their goals together, working to help each patient function at their highest level, whether at home or work. To learn more about the services available at Campbell County Health, visit www.cchwyo.org/rehab or call 307-688-8000.