What is an Oncology Rehab Program
Overview of oncology rehab programs
Oncology rehabilitation, or oncology rehab, is a form of treatment for cancer patients that is based in the discipline of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Patients who are battling cancer often deal with a large array of symptoms that can result in chronic pain and mobility problems. In other cases, many cancer survivors also have to deal with the physical effects of the treatment itself. Working with an experienced therapist to develop an oncology rehab program can be a very important aspect of long-term cancer management.
At USA Spine Care, we believe patient education is an essential part of the treatment process for any condition. As you read over the following information, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or if you’d like to learn more.
What forms of cancer and related symptoms can an oncology rehab program help with?
Since cancer can affect every part and system of the body, oncology rehab programs are designed to fit the individual needs of patients. For example, lung cancer patients might focus on therapies designed to improve breathing, while someone battling a form of pelvic cancer, such as prostate cancer, may require rehabilitation to help improve mobility and range of motion.
Due to the intensive nature of so much cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery, patients also require oncology rehab programs to improve function and resume daily activities during the recovery process of treatment.
Overall, working with a physical therapist can also improve overall health by strengthening the body, mobilizing joints and soft tissue and increasing blood flow.
Oncology rehab program — what to expect from a session
A patient beginning oncology rehab will typically first begin with a full evaluation to determine level of function and mobility. The therapist will review medical history, perform a hands-on examination and administer tests to establish baselines for this type of treatment.
With this information, the therapist can then develop a customized oncology rehab program consisting of the following types of treatments:
- Therapeutic exercise
- Manual therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Trigger point therapy
- Therapeutic massage
Sessions can vary in length and frequency depending on individual cases, but the goal is to improve long-term health and quality of life.
Oncology rehab and cost
The cost for oncology rehab, like other physical therapy programs, depends on the specific treatment performed, the length and number of sessions and insurance coverage. Medicare patients should be aware that physical therapy is a covered form of treatment when ordered by a physician. At USA Spine Care, our facilities accept Medicare, most private insurance carriers, workers’ compensation claims and personal injury cases. We’ll be happy to answer any cost-related questions you have.
Contact USA Spine Care Today
To learn more about our wide array of conservative treatment programs, contact the caring and dedicated team at USA Spine Care today. Our highly skilled medical professionals have been helping patients find relief from chronic pain and mobility problems for years.
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