Physical therapy and breast-cancer

It’s a condition where a cancerous tumor forms in your breast. It is the second most common type of cancer among women, behind skin cancer. Modern medicine and awareness campaigns for breast cancer have led to many improvements in the treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer. If you’re in the area, visit the best San Diego Physical Therapy Clinic.

What happens during breast cancer

Breast cancer cells can begin to multiply abnormally, and may eventually develop into cancer cells. If left untreated, it could spread throughout your body. It starts with milk ducts but may also begin from glandular tissues called lobules.


Some risk factors that are more likely to lead to breast cancer include those we can control, others are genetic or natural. Here are some risk factors that could lead to cancer.

  • It is more common for females to have sex.
  • Aging
  • Breast cancers in the family
  • A family history of breast cancer
  • Inherited genes, such as BRCA1 & BRCA2
  • Radiation exposure
  • Obesity
  • The first menstrual cycle
  • Late menopause
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Egestion and progestin
  • There are no pregnancies in life


  • A lump in your breasts or thick muscles that are not normal
  • Size, shape, and appearance can change
  • Dimpling in skin
  • Changes in the skin around the nipples
  • The visible changes in the nipple


Radiology, chemotherapy and surgical removal are the most popular treatments for cancer. But, there are many changes that occur after surgery. These changes can have an adverse effect on your lifestyle and cause you to feel uncomfortable. These changes can be controlled or managed by a physical therapist. In almost all cases, side effects from surgery result in weakness in the upper leg and the area around the chest. The exercises are designed to help with the post-surgical complications following breast surgery. The set of exercises includes manual therapies such as joint manipulation therapy, joint mobilization, and neurodynamic. We can help! Visit the #1 Sorrento Valley Physical Therapy Clinic.


While we believe that only oncologists are qualified to fight cancer, oncologists do not treat the actual cancerous tumor. Oncologists cannot treat any other weaknesses, such as muscle weakness and lymph issues. These issues are handled by a skilled physical therapist, which allows us to return to our pre-surgery lifestyle. Physical therapists play an essential role in the healing of cancer. They aid us in regaining muscle strength after surgery, and can also help us with any side effects.

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