Free Introductory Phone Call
This 15-minute call will allow us to talk briefly to see if my services are a match for your needs.
This consists of a full history review and testing to determine your current status. I will then determine what your physical impairments and deficits are. Based on this information, together we will determine your goals and create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
This treatment plan will consist of skilled physical therapy, or a long term wellness program.
Complete Decongestive Therapy
This is the gold standard of treatment for lymphedema and includes manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression with bandages or garments, exercise and education.
A successful treatment program consists of all four of these components. Individual components may be covered under physical therapy, or under a wellness program.
As a physical therapist, I will diagnose dysfunction and create a treatment plan based on your individual impairments.
Physical therapy treatment optimally begins immediately after you receive your cancer diagnosis and before the medical treatment begins. This helps me to determine your baseline, and helps you build or maintain strength going into treatment, and helps keep you in better shape throughout the course of your treatment. It involves a lot of education to help you optimize your recovery and help to prevent further dysfunction and, potentially, lymphedema.
Strength After Breast Cancer Program
The Strength After Breast Cancer Program is an evidence-based rehabilitative exercise program for breast cancer survivors.
This weightlifting intervention decreases lymphedema exacerbations, decreases the onset of lymphedema with axillary lymph node dissection and helps to improve body composition, body image, and upper body symptoms. Additionally, it prevents the decline in physical function that can occur in breast cancer survivors.
A wellness program is a personalized program designed to help you progress your level of fitness to best fit your lifestyle needs.
Most patients have to conclude skilled physical therapy before they have achieved all of his or her personal goals, simply because of insurance limitations. You may want to continue to work more on specific goals and may not be ready to jump back into the gym or know where to start. This is what a wellness program is designed to do!
Contact me today to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.