Specialty Rehabilitation in Portland

Helping you recover from cancer treatment

Rehabilitation is an important component of cancer treatment too often overlooked. Following surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, you may have fatigue, scarring and limited range of motion and function.

Rehabilitative therapy can help you return to a productive and rewarding life. Adventist Health Portland’s specialty rehab and women's health services are a unique combined clinic where therapists with different specialties have come together to provide a well-rounded rehab program. One of our areas of specialty is to provide services to patients during and following cancer treatment.

Post-surgical breast rehab

The post-surgical breast rehab program is designed for those who have undergone any type of breast surgery.

This includes:

  • Mastectomy
  • Reconstruction
  • Lumpectomy
  • Biopsy
  • Augmentation or reduction

After breast surgery and/or radiation, you may experience pain, discomfort, weakness or a reduction in range of motion and functional use of your arm(s) due to scarring, soft-tissue damage or disuse.

Reconstruction following mastectomy can also be painful during the expansion phase. Specialty rehab therapists use a combination of scar mobilization and myofascial release techniques to help resolve many of these problems.

Scar mobilization helps to realign collagen regrowth into a flexible form that moves more easily with the body's normal motion. Myofascial release is specific, directed pressure applied over time to help unbind your fascia — a type of connective tissue in your body. Even those who underwent surgery many years ago can find relief through this treatment.

Post-radiation scar and tissue therapy

Scar mobilization and myofascial release technique can also be used successfully in any area where you have physical restrictions due to surgery or radiation including the neck, throat and face.

Lymphedema treatment

Lymphedema is a frequent complication associated with cancer treatment. Lymphedema is the swelling of the arm(s) and/or leg(s) resulting from damage to the lymph system.

Although lymphedema has many possible causes, in someone with or recovering from cancer, it usually occurs due to lymph node removal during surgery and/or damage from radiation therapy.

Specialty rehab therapists treat lymphedema using special massage techniques and wraps to reduce swelling and restore normal arm or leg function. You’ll also be instructed in self-massage, exercise and the use of a specialized compression garment so you can continue your therapy at home.

Without treatment, lymphedema can result in a chronically swollen limb and the loss of your range of motion and pain. Treated early, however, patients can get and maintain normal use of their arms without swelling and with only minimal management.

Pelvic muscle dysfunction treatment

Treatment for pelvic muscle dysfunction benefits those with problems with urinary and/or fecal control or incontinence. Loss of control can occur with aging and after childbirth or a hysterectomy but can also occur following prostate, uterine or ovarian cancer.

Therapists use a special biofeedback software program to evaluate your unique problems and to track your progress. This biofeedback helps you retrain your function and allows therapists to design and walk you through a customized self-management program.

Therapists will also educate you about your anatomy and physiology, lifestyle changes, and self-care strategies and techniques to help you achieve and maintain long-term success.