Sandy, a 58-year-old woman with breast cancer, had recently undergone surgery to remove the lymph nodes under her armpits (also know as axillary lymph node dissection). Her incisions had completely healed from surgery but she was still experiencing some discomfort and swelling. Before physical therapy, her upper arm circumference was 3 centimeters larger than before.
How We Helped: After a comprehensive evaluation, Sandy’s physical therapist recommended she attend physical therapy three times a week for three weeks. The swollen areas were drained and compressed, and her therapist guided her through various stretches and exercises.
Where They Are Now: Sandy’s arm circumference is back down to its pre-surgery size. She is no longer in pain and has an increased range of motion in her shoulders. Sandy is able to spend more time with her granddaughter, doing the things she loves!