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Multiple types of PT helpful for women recovering from breast cancer: Measures are now needed to improve quality of life after treatment In recent years, the survival rate for women with breast cancer-the most common type of cancer for females-has risen. This is due to significant improvements in both the screening and treatment of breast cancer. With the higher survival rates, there is now a focus on improving the quality of life for survivors. Many women experience a number of complications from their breast cancer treatment such as pain, decreased overall strength, less mobility of the shoulder, and lymphedema, which is the swelling of an arm from too much fluid. These complications can have a negative effect on the quality of life of breast cancer survivors, and measures are now needed to address this. For this reason, physical therapy is often used to address the side effects from breast cancer treatment. This may include techniques performed by the physical therapist, stretching and exercise, but no study has yet reviewed all of these different types of treatment on breast cancer survivors. For this reason, a powerful study called a systematic review was conducted. The purpose of this was to review all available evidence on these treatments for women dealing with complications from breast cancer treatment. 18 studies are used in the review In order to conduct the systematic review, five major medical databases were searched for any studies that investigated physical therapy treatments for women breast cancer complications. To be included in the review, each study had to be of moderate or high quality. Each study also had to include a physical therapy program that was started within the first six weeks after surgery. This search led to a total of 18 studies on a variety of physical therapy treatments for breast cancer survivors. Once compiled, these studies were reviewed and analyzed in detail to determine how effective physical therapy was for these women. Various physical therapy treatments are effective for complications The results from this systematic review showed that a few different types of physical therapy treatments were effective for addressing some of the complications from breast cancer treatment. This was seen with treatment programs that consisted of stretching and guided exercises performed by the patient, which improved the range of motion (ROM) of patients' shoulders. ROM is a measurement of the movement or flexibility of the shoulder, which can be affected by breast cancer treatments. Other studies showed that techniques performed by the physical therapist on patients also improved their ROM and decreased pain. Exercise in general was also found to be helpful for both shoulder ROM and pain. With these positive results, it seems that physical therapy can play an important part in helping women recover from breast cancer treatment. Many of the studies showed that physical therapy can improve shoulder ROM and decrease pain, which can make life much easier for breast cancer survivors. For this reason, women dealing with complications from breast cancer treatment should consider seeing a physical therapist for guidance on effective treatments. -As reported in the June '15 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Recipe Wednesday - Asparagus with Lemon Sauce: A side dish that has only 5 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cook time? Sign me up! Click here for this scrumptious recipe!

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Therapeutic Thursdays - Hip Flexor Stretch: Before you do these or any other exercises, consult your physical therapist. Click here for this helpful video: Hip Flexor Stretch!

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Tip Tuesday - Hamstring Injuries: A hamstring injury occurs when one or more of the threww hamstring muscles or tendons (a type of soft tissue connecting the muscle to the bone) tear.Click here for more information on Hamstring Injuries

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Meme Monday: Osteoporosis is a serious disease. Keep your bones healthy! Click here for more information on bone health

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Hands-on PT is more effective than medications for headaches: Most common type of headache is not understood well A tension-type headache is what we think of as a normal, everyday type of headache. They are usually described as a mild or moderate pain that feels like a tight band around the head. Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headaches in the world, but the causes that lead to them are not well understood. The most commonly used treatment for tension-type headaches are pain medications, but physical therapy and relaxation therapies are also prescribed by many doctors. Although physical therapy is believed to be an effective treatment for these types of headaches, more research is needed to investigate its effects. One type of physical therapy called manual therapy-in which the therapist performs different types of mobilizations and manipulations with their hands-is of particular concern for this condition. For this reason, a very high-quality study called a systematic review was conducted to compare manual therapy to pain medications for tension-type headaches. This review was followed by a meta-analysis, which interpreted the data found with the goal of determining which treatment was more effective for these headaches. Five studies are used for the review To gather data for the review, 10 major medical databases were searched for studies that investigated manual therapy compared to pain medications to treat tension-type headaches. Only randomized-controlled trials were accepted, which are considered the highest quality single studies available in research. This search led to a total of five randomized-controlled trials being accepted for the review and analysis, which contained data on 206 patients with tension-type headaches. Manual therapy found to be more beneficial for patients than medications Results from the meta-analysis supported manual therapy over pain medications. This was due to the fact that manual therapy reduced the frequency, intensity and duration of tension-type headaches more than pain medications in the short term. At a longer follow-up period of 20-24 weeks, there were no differences between the two treatments. One explanation for this, however, is that patients treated with manual therapy most likely stopped after the treatment period. Those on medications, on the other hand, may have continued to take them as needed. Based on this, manual therapy still seems to be a better treatment than pain medications for tension-type headaches, at least in the short term. More research will help to further expand on the findings of this study, but it appears that manual therapy is a smart and effective option for treating this common type of headache. -As reported in the December '15 issue of Cephalalgia

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Recipe Wednesday - Tuscan Beans with Tomatoes and Oregano: Not in Italy? Don't worry. This salad will bring the Tuscan flavor to YOU! Click here for this simple recipe!

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Tip Tuesday - Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects approximately 1% of the United States population. Click here for more information on Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Therapeutic Thursdays - Hamstring Stretches: Before you do these or any other exercises, consult your physical therapist. Click here for this helpful video: Hamstring Stretches!
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