Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in all females in the world.  It is widely recognised that the advancement of treatment techniques have led to improved survival rates and because of these treatments, arm immobility pain and weakness have become more apparent and more widely reported.

At Aintree, we have a specialist physiotherapist who works with the breast team providing therapy for people who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Following surgery such as a mastectomy, lumpectomy, node removal and reconstruction, it is common to suffer with restriction to the shoulder.  This can be due to muscle tightness and scar tissue formation causing pain and stiffness in the shoulder.  Cording is another issue that can affect the movement of the shoulder which may occur following a lymph node removal or full clearance.  Specialist physiotherapy can help manage both of these problems.

Physiotherapy can also help with the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy including fatigue management and nerve and joint pain.

Specialist physiotherapy intervention can help you get back on track and live the life you want to lead.

Useful websites and resources

https://breastcancernow.org/

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer

https://coppafeel.org/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/breast-cancer