World Head & Neck Cancer Day

July 27th is World Head and Neck Cancer Day. In the lead up to this day, Lift Physiotherapist Mark Mitchell shares some insights about how this population of patients can benefit from hands on Physiotherapy following surgery to maximise function and quality of life.

It’s normal to have some physical limitations during treatment and for several weeks after surgery for people with head and neck cancer. Side effects from head and neck cancer treatment can lead to nerve injuries, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and deconditioning.

For many people these issues many persist beyond cancer treatment and have the potential to impact on the ability to return to work, daily activities live driving a car and general enjoyment of life!

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Good treatment can help with neck tightness, shoulder pain, head and neck pain and reduced body strength and fitness. As important as it is to find a skilled therapist to help you through these issues, getting help at the right time is imperative.

The earlier you see an experienced Physiotherapist if you notice these problems, the greater the chance of improvement and recovery. Such a clinician can assess and evaluate the benefit of Physiotherapy and in addition to hands on treatment, can guide you in self-management techniques to manage discomfort and restore your movement and function.

RESOURCES

If you are looking for resources that relate to head and neck cancer, please have a look at the Beyond Five website

Beyond Five is Australia’s only not-for-profit organisation supporting patients with head and neck cancer, caregivers, family and health professionals.

Beyond Five was established to provide comprehensive, easy to understand and easy to access information to everyone, regardless of where they live. Beyond Five is the first organisation in Australia supporting patients and their families through their cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment and life after cancer.

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Mark Mitchell is an experienced Muskuloskeletal Physiotherapist working from Lift.

Mark has a particular interest in headaches, neck and shoulder issues and the management of pain following surgery.

Appointments can be made to see Mark by calling Lift on 7231 8000


Lauren Whiting