This introductory level online continuing education course is applicable for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Athletic Trainers. This is an introductory level Occupational Therapy Process: evaluation, intervention. This course focuses on the post-surgical rehabilitation of the breast cancer patient and offers a surgeon’s perspective on microvascular reconstruction surgery, as well as current surgical procedures utilized to minimize postoperative recovery. Here, the surgeon discusses the tissues implicated in specific surgical techniques and provides the clinician with information needed to better organize the clinical assessment and overall treatment plan. As a result, the clinician can maximize techniques that promote an increase in functional mobility and a decrease in pain. Additionally, an understanding of the possible complication of lymphedema, the process of node transfer surgery and its implication of post-op recovery enables the clinician to modify techniques and treatments to promote tissue healing and facilitate safe recovery in a functional manner.
The clinical portion of this course takes you through a process that identifies the musculoskeletal restrictions that can occur following breast cancer surgery. Key elements to look for are discussed and visually presented during the postural assessment. Common post-op restrictions and compensatory patterns are addressed as the assessment for musculoskeletal dysfunction is demonstrated.
The treatment approaches presented in this course include diaphragmatic breathing retraining, myofascial and muscle energy techniques, trigger point and neural tissue tension techniques and mobilization techniques for rib displacement. Specific treatment for axillary web syndrome is demonstrated along with techniques to progress the patient for optimal results. In addition, lymphatic treatment techniques and scar tissue manual therapy are demonstrated within a very clear, visual process so that the most effective manual techniques for positive outcomes can be observed.
All of the treatment techniques presented are brought into a synergistic progressive approach, combining manual therapy, self care instruction and exercises to promote the best functional outcome possible. This course prepares the clinician for the musculoskeletal assessment and treatment of the postoperative breast cancer patient.
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$ 120.00 USD
CE Hours: 6.0 hrs Delivered: OnlineInstant Online Access, Color 96 Page PDF Manual for Download, 365 days of access, Mobile Ready
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Upon completion of this course the participants should be able to:
Identify the key musculature effected in postoperative breast cancer