What Do Breast Cancer, Mastectomy, Reconstruction, Shoulder Pain and Tightness Have in Common?

Do you have chest pain or tightness?  Have you had breast cancer?  Have you undergone a mastectomy, partial mastectomy, breast reconstruction (TRAM Flap), augmentation or had your lymph nodes removed?  Do you feel like there is an “ace bandage” wrapped around you?  Do you have cording or tightness in your armpit?  Do you also have neck, shoulder or back pain? Have you had any major surgery or trauma to your abdomen or chest wall?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, physical therapy and myofascial release can help you move better, feel less pain and return to the activities you enjoy most.

There is a significant relationship between men and women with breast cancer and shoulder pain, frozen shoulder androtator cuff injuries injuries. The most current research articles at Pubmed.com show in detail and in numbers the relationship between breast cancer and shoulder pathology; “Shoulder impairments and their association with symptomatic rotator cuff disease in breast cancer survivors” and “Upper-extremity pain disorders in breast cancer.

The muscles of the shoulder attach to your chest and are significantly impacted and canbe restricted from the surgery and resultant scar tissue.   Fascial adhesions form from any surgery and are part of the healing process.  If you have had a reconstruction surgery where they take part of your stomach to form a new breast, this can also contribute to low back and hip problems as well as upper back and shoulder issues.

Occasionally this repair process causes more tightness than necessary and significant restriction.  Trauma,  repetitive motion, and even radiation treatments also cause restrictions in the fascia. These restrictions can cause pain and decreased motion elsewhere in your body and treatment with gentle and sustained myofascial release can help you feel much better.

You do not have to live with pain or constant tightness.  Call our office today 336-271-6677 to speak with a physical therapist to discuss your options and to determine if myofascial release and physical therapy is right for you.

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He has been helping active people stay fit, active and healthy without medications, injections or surgery since 1999. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer helps weekend warriors, high level athletes, desk jockeys, students, children and anyone with pain, stiffness return to the activities the love without expensive imaging, pain medications, injections or surgery. He specializes in treating people with chronic conditions, pain and injuries which have not responded to traditional treatments and therapies with the goal of helping patients have less pain, move better and feel wonderful in their bodies. Dr. LeBauer also helps other physical therapists start and grow successful cash-based physical therapy practices. He has developed an online training course that describes in detail how to start a small private practice, along with his marketing secrets and strategy. He is currently available for recorded telephone and video coaching sessions, email support, on-site visits and speaking engagements. Contact him for more information, rates and services.. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur throughout the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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