Maximizing Post Surgical Outcomes in Cancer Rehabilitation
Maximizing Post Surgical Outcomes in Cancer Rehabilitation is organized by Healthclick.
Why take this Course?
This introductory level online continuing education course is applicable for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Athletic Trainers. This is an introductory level Occupational Therapy Process: evaluation, intervention. This course focuses on the post-surgical rehabilitation of the breast cancer patient and offers a surgeon’s perspective on microvascular reconstruction surgery, as well as current surgical procedures utilized to minimize postoperative recovery. Here, the surgeon discusses the tissues implicated in specific surgical techniques and provides the clinician with information needed to better organize the clinical assessment and overall treatment plan. As a result, the clinician can maximize techniques that promote an increase in functional mobility and a decrease in pain. Additionally, an understanding of the possible complication of lymphedema, the process of node transfer surgery and its implication of post-op recovery enable the clinician to modify techniques and treatments to promote tissue healing and facilitate safe recovery in a functional manner.
• CME credit hours: 6.0 hrs
• CME credit hours (IL, DC, NY): 7.20 hrs
Upon completion of this course the participants should be able to:
• Describe the different types of surgical approaches available for breast cancer and the role therapy plays with for successful rehabilitation.
• Perform a postural screen to identify muscle restrictions and rib displacement.
• Perform manual therapy techniques for axillary web syndrome/cording.
• Teach diaphragmatic breathing techniques along with abdominal activation techniques to enhance overall rib excursion and muscle strength.
• Develop a Rehabilitation program that combines myofascial release, trigger point techniques, mobilizations and general manual therapy to decrease tissue restrictions and increase mobility.
• Utilize specific techniques to release tightness in the peripheral nerves in the upper and lower extremities.
• Incorporate general core strengthening and mobility techniques into a comprehensive post-surgical treatment program.
• Identify the relevant evidence-based literature that supports current treatment techniques.
- CME : 7.2
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