Oncology Physiotherapy For Head And Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer describes a range of cancers that can affect areas such as the sinuses, nose, mouth, salivary glands, and throat.

In 2023 alone, approximately 5,300 individuals in Australia received a diagnosis of head and neck cancer.

Treatment typically involves a combination of approaches including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. However, post-surgery, patients may encounter challenges such as limitations in neck and shoulder movement, nerve injuries, as well as neck and shoulder pain and weakness.

Oncology Physiotherapists play a crucial role in supporting patients post-surgery, focusing on three primary objectives:

  1. Improving neck and shoulder movement to restore function and mobility.
  2. Facilitating the recovery of strength
  3. Alleviating associated pain and tightness through targeted interventions.

Additionally, the side effects of cancer treatment can extend beyond physical limitations, affecting various aspects of daily life. Therefore, education and guidance on managing fatigue, sustaining strength and mobility, and safely reintegrating into work and exercise routines are vital components of comprehensive care for individuals diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

If you or someone you know could benefit from Oncology physiotherapy support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 8356 1379.

We’re here to provide personalized assistance and support throughout your journey towards recovery and improved well-being.

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