Navigation Links
Physical therapists play integral role in prevention, risk reduction, and treatment of lymphedema
Date:10/15/2009

ALEXANDRIA, VA As breast cancer awareness month is observed during October, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is hoping to shine a spotlight on lymphedema, a chronic, debilitating and often irreversible side effect of cancer treatment. According to APTA, breast cancer patients who seek the services of a physical therapist can reduce their risk of lymphedema, as it can be prevented or more effectively managed if caught in its earliest stages and treated by a physical therapist. APTA is launching this effort as it kicks off National Physical Therapy Month in October to educate the public about the important role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in health care.

Breast cancer-related lymphedema, which can cause significant swelling of the upper and lower extremities due to the build-up of excess lymph fluid, is mostly caused by damage to the body's lymphatic system during treatment for cancer and can include limited movement, joint pain, and difficulty performing activities. Physical therapists, who are experts in restoring motion and mobility in people's lives, play an important role not only in treating the effects of lymphedema but also in reducing the risk of occurrence.

A study published in the journal Cancer (April 25, 2008) showed that pre-operative assessments of patients with breast cancer by physical therapists allow for earlier diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema. This includes programs that use infra-red technology to measure limb volume and regular post-operative follow-up to detect lymphedema.

The study further demonstrated that when lymphedema was detected early, the patient's condition was managed with a more conservative approach that included a light-grade compression sleeve and hand gauntlet that effectively decreased early swelling and possibly prevented the progression of lymphedema. Fitted by a physical therapist, these were prescribed for daily wear.

"Lym
'/>"/>

Contact: Erin Wendel
erinwendel@apta.org
703-706-3397
American Physical Therapy Association
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. National Association for Sport and Physical Education Partners with S&S Worldwide to Help Improve Childrens Fitness
2. Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers Set to Launch This Fall
3. Cognitive Activities Protect Against Alzheimers -- Social and Physical Activities Not Enough
4. Physical Therapist Provides Injury Analysis for Fantasy Football
5. Empowerment Program Gets Patients on the PATH to Managing the Physical and Emotional Effects of Psoriatic Arthritis
6. This October, the American Physical Therapy Associations National Physical Therapy Month to Focus on Nations Obesity Epidemic
7. New study likely to fuel debate over annual physical exams
8. Blue Cross of California and the California Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Launch Live Like a Champion Tour
9. The Cooper Institutes FITNESSGRAM Selected as Statewide Physical Fitness Assessment Tool
10. The impact of physical activity on weight-bearing knee joint
11. The Physical Therapy Profession Remains in High Demand
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/30/2014)... WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It can happen ... television, dresser or computer monitor and gets critically injured ... of a young child should look around their homes and ... a child. Imagining it is better than it becoming a ... Emergency Physicians, said in a college news release. Between ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... known to fuel cancer as well as evolutionary changes ... events that occur randomly throughout the genome. , However, ... the formation of multiple mutations that arise simultaneously and ... clustered mutations are frequently found in regions where chromosomal ... journal Cell Reports , may one day lead ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... Pennsylvania (PRWEB) July 30, 2014 Visitors ... have contributed over $8,500 to ensure its protection. Bob ... presents a check to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for ... program. The small $2-per-stay donations add up fast, as ... of the Upper Delaware River Region. , The Kiesendahl ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... 2014) The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly ... midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its ... certain part of the body, gives patients the best ... colon, prostate and other forms of cancer are touted ... providers recommend cancer screenings as a precautionary measure, especially ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... ... ... ... , UCLA researchers interviewed people with diverticulitis and ... in the peer-reviewed journal Quality of Life Research , a UCLA team led by Dr. Brennan Spiegel interviewed patients in great ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Tip-Over Furniture Can Kill Kids 2Health News:Biologists describe mechanism promoting multiple DNA mutations 2Health News:Pocono Mountain Resort Guests Contribute Over $8500 to Protect Land in 6 Short Months 2Health News:UK psychologist creates patient tool to assist with lung cancer screening decision 2Health News:UK psychologist creates patient tool to assist with lung cancer screening decision 3Health News:Diverticulitis patients reveal psychological, physical symptoms long after acute attacks 2Health News:Diverticulitis patients reveal psychological, physical symptoms long after acute attacks 3
... America, doctors who look after animals are best placed ... , Urging veterinarians to work more closely with ... Julie Gerberding, director of the Atlanta-based federal Centers for ... of the last 14 new infectious diseases that have ...
... till now; as she was seen sporting a T-shirt with ... figure Andy Warhol . ,The socialite, who ... in social service after finishing jail term, was spotted visiting ... present at a screening of Michael Moore's latest documentary Sicko. ...
... acid to flour considerably reduces congenital malformations . ... Social and Preventive Medicine, has suggested that the addition ... 46 percent slump in the incidence of congenital neural ... ,Such deformations either result in the ...
... a young person drinks is largely determined by how much others ... more, a new study has found . ,The study ... men, and people with positive expectations regarding alcohol drink more. ... to 25 years, most of whom did not live at home. ...
... the largest in the US, is believed to have agreed ... such settlement in recent history . ,The amount, ... plaintiff, exceeded earlier reports that the settlement would be between ... orders the Servites, Claretians and Oblates will be ...
... three from Brisbane, Queensland in Australia died on September 23, ... She was apparently felled by a toxic combination of alcohol ... ,She had gone on the cruise with her 12-year-old ... with. ,Toxicology reports later revealed that the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Vets To Team Up With Human Health Specialists 2Health News:Adding Folic Acid to Flour Lessens Congenital Malformations 2Health News:Los Angeles Diocese Opts for Huge Payout in Sexual Abuse Cases 2Health News:Inquest of Date-rape Drug Victim Attracts Wide Attention in Australia 2Health News:Inquest of Date-rape Drug Victim Attracts Wide Attention in Australia 3
(Date:7/30/2014)... Fla. , July 30, 2014  Today the US ... indoor and outdoor sun tanning or sun burns stating they ... statement Surgeon, General Boris Lushniak , says that "skin ... types and that too much exposure to indoor and outdoor ... for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine, in Boca Raton, ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... , July 30, 2014  El Camino Hospital, a ... care, is utilizing the Leaf Patient Monitoring system to ... and movement of patients susceptible to bed sores. ... month-long, 138-patient study of the system, which showed dramatic ... Turning patients regularly is the one of the most ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... YORK , July 30, 2014 ... is available in its catalogue: mHealth ... http://www.reportlinker.com/p0356852/mHealth-and-Home-Monitoring-–-6th-Edition.html Executive summary ... are delivered, leading to better outcomes, decreased costs ... market for mHealth solutions is still in an ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Indoor and Outdoor Sun Tanning or Sun Burns Directly Linked to Deadly Melanoma Skin Cancer 2El Camino Hospital Utilizes Cutting-Edge Leaf Patient Monitor System to Help Reduce Risk of Pressure Ulcers 2El Camino Hospital Utilizes Cutting-Edge Leaf Patient Monitor System to Help Reduce Risk of Pressure Ulcers 3mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 2mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 3mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 4mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 5mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 6mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 7mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 8mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 9mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 10mHealth and Home Monitoring - 6th Edition 11
... Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: INO ), a ... against cancers and infectious diseases, has expanded its scientific ... in the fields of vaccines and cancer immunotherapeutics. Joining ... Professor of the Scripps Research Institute and founder of ...
... The Board of Directors of MSA (NYSE: MSA ... President of the company, responsible for Global Product Leadership.  Dr. ... 1, will assume the role of President of MSA International, ... his new role, Dr. Muschter will become a member of ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Inovio Pharmaceuticals Adds Two Medical Innovators to Its Scientific Advisory Board 2Inovio Pharmaceuticals Adds Two Medical Innovators to Its Scientific Advisory Board 3Inovio Pharmaceuticals Adds Two Medical Innovators to Its Scientific Advisory Board 4Inovio Pharmaceuticals Adds Two Medical Innovators to Its Scientific Advisory Board 5MSA Elects Dr. Thomas Muschter to Vice President 2
AXIOM Multistar is a ceiling-mounted single plane C-Arm system for universal angiography, diagnostics and intervention...
.60 x 22mm, angled 60, .33mm end port [Simcoe]...
Introducing the Guidant HEARTSTRING Proximal Seal System. A surgically intuitive system that meets the challenge of clampless hemostasis with a design that is elegant in its simplicity and profound i...
... delivers a solid-state green laser ... and plugs into any standard ... and extreme portability, the unit ... Nidek Phaco Emulsification System CV-24000 ...
Medicine Products: