Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

The Program  |  Therapy Options  |  Eligibility  |  Locations

Recovery in Motion™ Physical Rehabilitation in Breast Cancer Surgery was developed as part of our women’s health initiative.

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Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network’s physical therapists and occupational therapists have specialized training in breast surgery rehabilitation.


The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program

A treatment plan will be customized to determine your patient’s appropriate rehabilitation program for a return to function and activity as soon as possible. The program is conducted in phases and you may refer a patient at any point during their care for any phase of the program.

Pre-Surgical Evaluation

  • Baseline information and measurements.
  • Exercise and lymphedema education.

Post-Surgery Therapy 

  • Range of motion, strengthening, and stretching.
  • Moist heat, manual stretching and soft tissue mobilization of the shoulder and shoulder girdle.
  • Manual techniques and exercise protocols for the patient with reconstruction.

Exercise and Fitness 

  • An individualized program of aerobics training, strength and conditioning.

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Therapy Options

Post Breast Reconstruction Surgery Using Tissue Expander

More information about symptoms that are commonly experienced following reconstructive surgery using tissue expander.

Post Breast Reconstruction Surgery Using Tissue Transfer

More information about symptoms that are commonly experienced following reconstructive surgery using tissue transfer. 

Post Breast Surgery (Lumpectomy or Mastectomy) without Reconstruction

More information about symptoms that are commonly experienced following breast surgery without reconstruction.

Lymphedema Management 

More information on annual lymph drainage, compression therapy and therapeutic exercise, and skin care. 

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Eligibility

Your patient can benefit from the program if she is unable to perform any of these functional activities. 

Right now, can she:

  • Place an item in overhead cabinets?
  • Fasten her bra in the back?
  • Lift a gallon of milk and get it on the top shelf of the refrigerator?
  • Push a vacuum cleaner?
  • Carry a bag of groceries?
  • Push or pull an object such as a heavy door?
  • Grasp and hold a coffee cup, steering wheel or doorknob?
  • Button a blouse or type on a computer?

Or does she have:

  • Swelling in the arm or hand?
  • Pain limiting movement or function?
  • Loss of strength or range of motion?

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Locations

  • Backus Hospital Rehabilitation Network

    The William W. Backus Hospital Rehabilitation Network is a dedicated, dynamic, interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals consisting of Physical, Occupational, Speech therapists and physiatrists who provide customized, coordinated holistic care to patients, their families, and the community to maximize their functional independence and enhance their quality of life.

  • Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network

    Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, sports medicine, and health & wellness programs. Our highly skilled staff work with people who have acute illnesses, injuries, and chronic diseases as well as those who are interested in injury prevention and/or personal fitness. We have the resources and expertise to cover the entire spectrum of diagnoses.

  • The Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network

    The Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network offers inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy. Licensed physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists work with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to address each patient's needs and help him or her achieve maximum function.

  • Windham Hospital Rehabilitation Network

    The therapists at Windham Hospital have cared for the physical therapy and rehabilitation needs of the Windham community for more than 40 years, and we are proud of our long legacy of excellent service to our patients and the community.

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