Effect of Graded Theraband Exercise on Myofascial Dysfunctions in Breast Cancer Survivors
Keywords:SPADI, MMT, Thera-band, myofascial dysfunctions, Breast cancer survivors (BCS)
Background: Cancer is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality .Breast cancer is the most common
form of cancer among women. Many breast cancer surgeries leads to dissection of muscles and soft tissue
structures. After the breast cancer treatment many complications are seen in breast cancer survivors. In
that myofascial dysfunctions are common. These dysfunctions are one of the common sources of pain and
discomfort. Not only pain but this dysfunction also leads to decreased range of motion, decreased strength,
and altered posture. Because of dysfunctions, an upper body function decreases and affects the activity of
daily living. Graded theraband exercises are effective in improving muscle strength and shoulder range of
motion in breast cancer survivors. And also helps to enhance functional capacity. Early rehabilitation can be
implanted to reduce pain, improve strength and flexibility which will be helpful in minimize restrictions in
daily living activities and improve quality of life. This effectiveness study will help to enlighten the status of
myofascial dysfunctions in breast cancer survivors. The objectives of the study were as follows: To find out
the effect of graded theraband exercise on myofascial dysfunctions in breast cancer survivors.
Methods: A total 40 females who underwent breast cancer surgeries along with chemotherapy or radiotherapy
or hormone therapy, were included based on inclusion criteria. All the females received thera- band
exercises along with medications for five days per week and pre and post assessment was done with manual
muscle testing (MMT), shoulder range of motion (ROM), and Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI)
Result: The result concluded that strengthening with thera-band showed better effect in the breast cancer
survivors. Strengthening exercise program with resistance band showed significant improvement in the
shoulder strength, ROM and activities of daily life.
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