Rehabilitation of cancer pain in lung cancer: role of manual therapy

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world and pain is its most common symptom. Patients with cancer will often undergo multiple medical interventions and prolonged or repeated hospitalizations, they are vulnerable to an overall decrease in activity. The aim of study conducted at the Center for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University “G.d’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara, is to evaluate the impact of neuromuscular manual therapy in reducing pain and disability of upper limb and postural disease after thoracic surgery. Recruited 26 subjects divided into an experimental group that has carried out three sessions of manual therapy after surgery, and a control group. Evaluated at the beginning (T0) and the end of the rehabilitation protocol with the VAS scale (Visual Analogic Scale) and S.P.A.D.I. index (Shoulder Pain and Disability Index). Reduction of the perception of pain by 8.6% (±6.56) and disability in the experimental group decreased by 13.9% (±6.56) compared the control group, showed the effective in reducing post-surgical pain and disability in patients with lung cancer.

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