Throat, Neck & Oral Cancer Rehabilitation
Donna Sarna Physiotherapy can play an important role in the rehabilitation of men and women whom have undergone treatment for throat, neck and oral cancers. Pain in the face, neck, shoulder complex and arm can occur for a variety of reasons and is often associated with adhesions and scarring that develops around the incision as a result of the surgery and/or radiation. It can also be a result of irritation of one or more of the nerves in the face, neck or chest wall, which may be entrapped by scar tissue or potentially cut during surgery. When this occurs, neck and shoulder range of motion is often reduced causing pain and decreased strength. Difficulty with voice volume, clarity, and swallowing can potentially occur. Symptoms vary between individuals based on many factors (ie. location of cancer, type of surgery, radiation).