Physical therapy is the standard of care for individuals recovering from a stroke, knee surgery or hip replacement. Yet, individuals who undergo rigorous cancer treatment are often released from care without a rehabilitation plan in place. To help address this void, the American College of Surgeons has added rehabilitation as a survivorship requirement for all accredited programs and a number of recent studies like the PAL (Physical Activity and Lymphedema) show the benefits physical therapy and activity provides survivors. To discuss more on the topic, we’ve brought Wendy Price, PT, MS owner of Healthcore Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio back for a second podcast.
Recently elected to the oncology section board of the American Physical Therapy Association, Price believes oncology rehabilitation should be the standard of care for cancer survivors. Cancer survivors often experience fatigue, balance issues and other symptoms after treatment. She believes a comprehensive evaluation by a physical therapist and customized rehabilitation plan offers the best approach to help cancer survivors regain function, improve range of motion and enjoy the quality of life they enjoyed prior to cancer diagnosis. Listen now to learn more about incorporating oncology rehabilitation into your practice.