Effectiveness of postoperative physical therapy for upper-limb impairments after breast cancer treatment: A systematic review.

De Groef, A., Van Kampen, M., Dieltjens, E., Christiaens, M.-R., Neven, P., Geraerts, I., & Devoogdt, N. (2015). Effectiveness of postoperative physical therapy for upper-limb impairments after breast cancer treatment: A systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(6), 1140–1153.

This systematic review evaluates the effect of physical therapy on postoperative breast cancer treatment. 18 RCTs are included in the review. Studied interventions include: multifactorial therapy, passive mobilization, stretching, and exercise therapy. Findings indicate that all treatment intervention types are effective for improving shoulder range of motion after breast cancer surgery.

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