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Cancer can leave a person in a weakened state and suffering

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Updated: Friday, Jun 18,2010, 1:12:45 PM
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Cancer

Cancer can leave a person in a weakened state and suffering from side effects of treatment. Those side effects can vary:

    * lymphedema is swelling caused by the buildup of too much lymph fluid in the tissues. It usually affects the arms or legs, but can occur in other parts of the body as well.
    * head and neck cancers will sometimes leave the patient with problems that involves the mouth and the throat, including swallow issues.
    * amputations

Rehabilitation therapy for these problems includes learning new ways to do things and ways that minimize the pain and discomfort caused by the conditions.

Physical activity and exercise is often a part of cancer rehabilitation. Any exercise program will be designed to take into the consideration the patient's condition and limitations. Exercise can help the patient regain strength and to reduce pain.

Your doctor will refer you to appropriate therapists, such as physical, occupational or speech therapists, to help you with your rehabilitation.



Orthopedics/Musculoskeletal

When you suffer a musculoskeletal injury or undergo orthopedic surgery, you may have to undergo some sort of rehabilitation. It will depend on the extent of the surgery or your injury. Simple sprains or strains  may involve simply not using the affected muscles for a while and then slowly working them back into condition. More serious injuries - such as a fracture or torn ligaments in your knee or shoulder - may require surgery and more involved rehab that includes physical therapy.

As we age, we may develop conditions that can benefit from rehabilitation practices. We may undergo joint replacement surgery or suffer from osteoarthritis.

Your rehabilitation would be designed to help you return to normal functioning. In the case of chronic conditions, such as rheumatic diseases, back pain or fibromyalgia the goal is to help you function as close to normal as possible, and to learn coping techniques.

Spinal

that after a spinal cord injury, the nerves above the level of injury keep working, but nerves from the point of injury and below do not. Therefore, the higher the injury is on the spine, the more it can impact how the body moves and what a person can feel. In addition to the location of the injury, the impact also depends on the extent of the injury.

Rehabilitation involves trying to keep muscles from atrophying and to regain as much function possible. It also involves working to improve the quality of life by learning alternative methods of doing things. Treatment techniques and rehabilitation programs are making advances every year. Each case however is individual with varying degrees of success.


Amputation


there are about 50,000 people who suffer an amputation each year. About a third of them are the result of an injury. About two thirds are the result of diseases and conditions that affect the vascular system, such as diabetes. Rehab depends on the location of the amputation. Prosthetics, or artificial limbs, are often involved. Recent advances in prosthetics are making it possible for amputees to have a better quality of life that in the past. Any rehabilitation program will involve learning to function in different ways.





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