Maximizing Post Surgical Outcomes in Cancer Rehabilitation

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Why Take This Course?

This beginner 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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CE Hours: 6.0 hrs Delivered: Online

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Course Overview and Objectives

Breast Cancer Online Course for Physical therapists

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Describe the different types of surgical approaches available for breast cancer and the role therapy plays with for successful rehabilitation.
  • Perform a postural screen to identify muscle restrictions and rib displacement.
  • Perform manual therapy techniques for axillary web syndrome/cording.
  • Teach diaphragmatic breathing techniques along with abdominal activation techniques to enhance overall rib excursion and muscle strength.
  • Develop a Rehabilitation program that combines myofascial release, trigger point techniques, mobilizations and general manual therapy to decrease tissue restrictions and increase mobility.
  • Utilize specific techniques to release tightness in the peripheral nerves in the upper and lower extremities.
  • Incorporate general core strengthening and mobility techniques into a comprehensive post surgical treatment program.
  • Identify the relevant evidence based literature that supports current treatment techniques.

Surgeon’s Perspective on Surgical Procedures for Breast Cancer

Surgeons Perspective on Surgical Procedures for Breast Cancer
  • Rehab implications after specific surgical procedures
  • Identify how to find a cutting edge plastic or reconstructive surgeons that can utilize techniques to maximize recovery and minimize post op complications.
  • Discussion of Microvascular Breast Reconstruction
  • SGAP Flap
  • Current information concerning BRCA gene mutation
  • Lymphedema surgery-current surgical technique to improve function and decrease lymphedema

A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Need for Rehab for Successful Surgical Outcomes

Surgeon's Perspective on the Need for Rehab for Successful Surgical Outcomes
  • Discussion of current cutting edge surgical interventions utilized and the tissues implicated during specific procedures.
  • A surgeon’s perspective on how therapy can maximize the results before or after a surgical intervention.
  • Discussion of Microvascular Breast Reconstruction and Breast Reconstruction with implants.
  • Postoperative phase and the value of therapy

Learn to Effectively Treat the Cancer patient

Learn to effectively treat Cancer Patients as a Therapist
  • Key factors to maximizing a postoperative patient’s functional recovery.
  • Understanding orthopedic symptoms that can mask an underlying cancer disease.
  • Build a knowledge base that will help you achieve success with rehab programs for cancer patients.
  • Treatment of cancer patients with Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy.
  • Screening for Breathing Patterns, Postural Issues and Scapulothoracic Mobility
  • Identify normal and faulty breathing patterns.
  • Identify how postoperative musculoskeletal dysfunction can lead to faulty mechanics and function.
  • Perform a postural assessment identifying key areas that are typically affected post op specific surgical procedures.
  • Assessing Diaphragmatic breathing patterns

Screening for Breathing Patterns, Postural Issues and Scapulothoracic Mobility

Screening for Breathing Patterns, Postural Issues and Scapulothoracic Mobility
  • Identify normal and faulty breathing patterns.
  • Identify how postoperative musculoskeletal dysfunction can lead to faulty mechanics and function.
  • Perform a postural assessment identifying key areas that are typically affected post op specific surgical procedures.
  • Assessing Diaphragmatic breathing patterns

Training to Improve Breathing Patterns and Scapular Mobility

Training to Improve Breathing Patterns and  Scapular Mobility
  • Improving scapular mobility and scapular humeral rhythm to enhance posture and breathing patterns.
  • Explore postural training and diaphragmatic breath training for the cancer patient.
  • Teaching a patient how to perform proper diaphragmatic breathing with coordinated postural training.
  • Teaching a patient how to improve lung function in conjunction with functional activities.

Explore the Anatomy of Neck Musculature

Anatomy of Neck Musculature
  • Overview of key neck musculature.

Manual Therapy Treatment Techniques

Manual Therapy Treatment Techniques

Identify the key musculature effected in postoperative breast cancer

  • Myofascial techniques on the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
  • Ischemic compression trigger point therapy.
  • Pectoralis minor release techniques.
  • Hip flexor release techniques.
  • First rib elevation techniques.
  • Anterior rib displacement technique.
  • Posterior rib mobilization with muscle energy techniques.

Axillary Web Syndrome-Cording

Axillary Web Syndrome-Cording
  • Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS): Understand the physiological process.
  • Evaluating for AWS.
  • Treatment techniques for AWS.
  • Lymphatic tissue coagulation.
  • Neural tension technique.

Myofascial and Lymphatic Techniques

Myofascial and Lymphatic Techniques
  • Myofascial techniques for the breast reconstruction patient.
  • Build treatments that will focus on core stability.
  • Managing the incision and surrounding tissue.
  • Techniques for impregnated scar strips.
  • Techniques to improve lymphatic flow, lymph node stimulation.
  • Managing post surgical swelling in the upper and lower extremities.
  • Techniques for popliteal node stimulation.

Exercises to Improve the Cancer Patient’s Function

Exercises to improve the Cancer Patient’s function
  • Cervical retraction, a postural exercise.
  • The rhomboid release.
  • Core stability-strengthening.
  • Control and stability in the lower extremity.
  • Breathing and postural exercises.
  • Stretching and strengthening activities.

Course Test - Evaluate your knowledge

Evaluate your understanding of the online continuing education course material
  • Use the Healthclick proprietary online education system which provides the online student with:
    • Worldwide access to high definition video, anatomical animations and images, and written information
    • The highest quality film in the industry, you can see the difference!
    • Stop and resume within a course, the Healthclick system will optimize your course based on your device, connection and remembers where you left off.
    • Real-time course updates. We are always adding to each courses, updating content, adding animations, these are not static courses!
  • Evaluate your knowledge with the course test on any device.
  • Print your state course certificate for CE credit.
  • Take the online test as many times as need in order to achieve a 70 % or greater score.