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Physical Therapy
 


 

Specialty Services

Lymphedema & Oncology

Physical Therapy for Cancer Patients

Pivot Physical Therapy provides lymphedema care at multiple clinics. In fact, our North Carolina clinics make up the largest and most comprehensive Lymphedema Treatment Centers in central North Carolina. Our certified therapists specialize in the treatment of lymphedema caused by cancer-related surgeries and treatment or vascular insufficiencies. Our therapists take a comprehensive approach to lymphedema therapy and address the underlying source of swelling.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the swelling of soft tissues as a result of the accumulation of protein rich fluid in the extra cellular spaces. It occurs most frequently in the arm and leg but can also be seen in the head, neck, chest, abdomen and genitalia. Lymphedema can be greatly reduced and managed through Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). This includes compression bandaging, skin care, and patient-specific physical therapy exercises. Most patients will see significant results within the first two weeks of therapy.

Symptoms of Lymphedema

If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you might have lymphedema. Remember, early detection is key to preventing and minimizing the effects of lymphedema.

Lower Extremity

  • Swelling in the foot or ankle
  • Shoes become tight
  • Tight skin or swelling in the base of the toes
  • Numbness and tingling in the feet/toes
  • Hardness, fullness, or heaviness in the leg
  • Feeling of heat in the leg or affected side

Upper Extremity

  • Fullness or hardness of breast post lumpectomy
  • Rubbing of the upper arm on the chest that did not exist prior to surgery
  • Bra begins to feel too tight
  • Fullness, pressure, heaviness in the arm
  • Rings or jewelry feel too tight
  • Feeling of heat in the arm or affected side

If you are experiencing symptoms of lymphedema, contact us for an evaluation and treatment.

Oncology Rehabilitation

Our North Carolina Pivot Physical Therapy clinics also offer individualized programs for cancer patients experiencing the side effects from cancer treatment to build strength, regain independence, reduce stress and increase energy. Our comprehensive program of medically-based exercise and physical and occupational therapy was developed by a board-certified therapist with advanced training in oncology rehabilitation. It is never too early or late for therapy. Patients can start right after surgery, before or during chemotherapy, radiation therapy or after completing cancer treatment.

Our comprehensive program for cancer patients during and after cancer treatment is designed to

  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve function
  • Address issues of balance
  • Increase mobility
  • Expand your range of motion
  • Increase strength

We Work With Your Doctor

Cancer rehabilitation requires a team approach. Specially trained physical therapists work closely with oncology physicians and play an important role in the rehabilitation process. Every hands-on caregiver is a licensed professional who has the education, training and experience to treat patients with cancer and related medical complications with a measure of safety.

If fatigue is affecting your ability to function both mentally and physically due to lack of energy, contact us for an evaluation and treatment.

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Let us help you live a more independent life during rehab. Find the Pivot clinic closest to you or call 844.PIVOT PT (748.6878)