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Breast Cancer and Physical Therapy

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it seems fitting to discuss the role of physical therapy in breast cancer rehabilitation. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is diagnosed in approximately 1 in 8 women. And although rare (less than 1% of cases in the US), males can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Relevant to physical therapy, the effects of breast cancer treatment can include pain in the shoulders, chest, back, neck, or arm. It can also cause restricted range of motion or stiffness of the shoulder, neck, and spine. These issues can be easily addressed with physical therapy treatment in the forms of manual therapy, postural training, stretching, and exercise.

By including physical therapy in breast cancer treatment and rehabilitation, these plans can be incorporated to reduce the effects of pain or stiffness in joints.


Neil Sauer

Neil Sauer

Physical Therapist, Certified Health Coach and company owner Neil Sauer graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science. During that time he played four years of collegiate soccer. Neil earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2006. He has taken continuing education courses for Stanley Paris manual therapy techniques and a Gary Gray Functional Training course. He has also taken selective functional movement assessment courses with the North American Sports Medical Institute (NASMI). Neil’s treatment philosophy goes beyond reducing pain and restoring motion/mobility. He has a passion for health and wellness and for improving the quality of life of his clients, and works holistically with them to ensure their injuries do not reoccur and that his clients enjoy optimal functionality. He strives to help his patients live more active, mobile and healthy lives knowing that they don’t have to rely on pain medications, injections or surgery. In his personal life, he is married and has two sons. During spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, spending time outdoors and leading an active and healthy life. Neil also likes to read as much as possible when he finds/makes time. He primarily reads books on leadership, business and special forces. An avid exercise enthusiast, he continually works to improve his own health and wellness.
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