Seeing a physical therapist after undergoing knee or back surgery isn't unusual, in fact most expect it; however, including physical therapy as an integral part of a breast cancer patient's post-surgery rehabilitation is relatively new. Now, physical therapists are collaborating with other medical professionals to help those suffering from breast cancer achieve their optimal quality of life, whether they've had minor surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments or a double mastectomy.
While many people recognize the integral role doctors play in the healing and recovery of patients, physical therapists are just as important in helping patients who are injured, have had surgery or need to restore everyday functionality. That's why each year, the Physical Therapy Day of Service (PTDOS) helps raise global awareness for physical therapy (PT) professionals and their contribution to the healthcare industry as well as empowers communities through acts of local volunteering.
We've all seen the little pink ribbons that pop up every October to remind us that breast cancer continues to harm women around the world, but honoring breast cancer awareness month is so much more than that. One of the best ways to raise awareness about this devastating and all-too-common disease is information - so keep reading to learn more!