Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care

Physical Therapy

Some patients have physical therapy needs after breast cancer surgery or treatment. Our Therapists evaluate a patient and design an individualized therapy plan of care based on needs, deficits, and patient's goals. Therapy services after breast cancer surgery address the following goals:

  • Improve range of motion (arm or shoulder)
  • Improve strength
  • Prevent or improve lymphedema
  • Assist with return to exercise or usual daily activities
  • Pain relief (shoulder, chest, axilla)

Lymphedema is the swelling of the tissues in the breast area that may occur in women who have had a lymph node dissection and/or radiation therapy. Certified lymphedema therapists use a variety of treatments including direct lymphatic massage, compression garments or bandaging and the use of a pump - or a combination of treatments that work best for each patient. Lymphedema therapy is provided with a prescription order from a physician.

Certified Therapists and Lymphedema specialists are available through the hospital's physical therapy departments:

Community Hospital - 219-836-4527
St. Catherine Hospital - 219-392-7400
St. Mary Medical Center - 219-947-6850