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Physical Therapy Treatment for a Patient with Complex Rehabilitation Needs During and After Chemoradiation for Head and Neck Cance

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Date Issued:
2015
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Background and Purpose: This case report describes the extensive physical therapy needs of a patient with head and neck cancer, how these needs change over the course of cancer treatment, the measurements necessary for a comprehensive physical therapy assessment, and multimodal interventions through all phases of cancer treatment. Case Description: The patient was a 76-year-old male treated in an outpatient physical therapy clinic during and after chemoradiation to treat pharyngeal cancer. He presented with impaired quality of life, cancer-related fatigue, limited cervical mobility, shoulder weakness, temporomandibular dysfunction, and lymphedema. Physical therapy management included patient education, manual therapy to improve musculoskeletal mobility, therapeutic exercise for endurance, cervical and shoulder strengthening, temporomandibular exercises, postural education, and complete decongestive therapy to address lymphedema. Outcomes: Following treatment, the patient had improved pain, quality of life, fatigue, cervical mobility, deep cervical neck flexor endurance, temporomandibular function, shoulder elevation, upper trapezius strength, and lymphedema. He was independent with an exercise program and lymphedema management. Discussion: This case illustrates the role of the physical therapist in preventing complications during and restoring function and quality of life following treatments for head and neck cancer.
Title: Physical Therapy Treatment for a Patient with Complex Rehabilitation Needs During and After Chemoradiation for Head and Neck Cance.
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Name(s): Carter, Brianne Campbell, Author
Marieb College of Health & Human Services, Degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Case Report
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2015
Extent: 32 pgs.
Language(s): English
Abstract: Background and Purpose: This case report describes the extensive physical therapy needs of a patient with head and neck cancer, how these needs change over the course of cancer treatment, the measurements necessary for a comprehensive physical therapy assessment, and multimodal interventions through all phases of cancer treatment. Case Description: The patient was a 76-year-old male treated in an outpatient physical therapy clinic during and after chemoradiation to treat pharyngeal cancer. He presented with impaired quality of life, cancer-related fatigue, limited cervical mobility, shoulder weakness, temporomandibular dysfunction, and lymphedema. Physical therapy management included patient education, manual therapy to improve musculoskeletal mobility, therapeutic exercise for endurance, cervical and shoulder strengthening, temporomandibular exercises, postural education, and complete decongestive therapy to address lymphedema. Outcomes: Following treatment, the patient had improved pain, quality of life, fatigue, cervical mobility, deep cervical neck flexor endurance, temporomandibular function, shoulder elevation, upper trapezius strength, and lymphedema. He was independent with an exercise program and lymphedema management. Discussion: This case illustrates the role of the physical therapist in preventing complications during and restoring function and quality of life following treatments for head and neck cancer.
Identifier: Carter_fgcu_1743_10156 (IID)
Degree Awarded: Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Department: Rehabilitation Sciences
Chairperson: Jacqueline van Duijn, DPT, OCS, DCE
Subject(s): Physical therapy
Cancer
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fgcu/fd/Carter_fgcu_1743_10156
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Host Institution: FGCU