Head and neck cancer and therapies we use to treat it can impact your ability to physically perform your daily activities. Some survivors may experience:
- Limited movement and fibrosis of the head, neck, and arms
- Scar pain and restriction
- Weakness, muscle spasm, or pain in the face, neck, shoulders, or arms,
- Swelling in the face and neck
- Limited jaw opening making it harder to to eat, drink, or perform oral hygiene
After completing an evaluation and discussing your needs, a specially-trained physical therapist may recommend a variety of therapies, including manual techniques, massage, stretching, and exercise, to help improve your physical functioning and prevent further disability.
If you would like a referral to a physical therapist, we can provide you a prescription and help you identify the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services location that is closest to you.