Lymphedema is a condition that is caused by a dysfunction of the lymphatic system. This can be a result of trauma, damage to the lymphatics, or the result of surgery or radiation.
Many women experience breast pain that is not associated with any abnormal findings on a mammogram. Physical therapy can help by assessing and treating the musculature surrounding the breast tissue.
Physical therapy can also help with pain and scar management post mastectomy by addressing any adhesions in the tissue and increasing the mobility of the scar. Physical therapy can also help with axillary webbing as a result of mastectomy and cancer treatments.