A STUDY TO COMPARE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMPLEX DECONGESTIVE THERAPY VERSUS STANDARD PHYSIOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF BREAST CANCER RELATED LYMPHEDEMA
*Manjula S. and Dr. P. Senthil Selvam
Background: The comparison of two different physiotherapy methods in treatment of lymphedema after breast surgery was illustrated by Karadik Didem, Yurdalan S. Ufuk, Saydam Serdar and Arican Zumre from the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. It revealed the importance of physiotherapy treatment of lymphoedema following mastecetomy. Aim of The Study: The aim of the study is to compare the effectiveness of Complex Decongestive Therapy versus Standard Physiotherapy in the treatment of breast cancer related Lymphedema.
Objectives of The Study
The main objective of the study is
To assess the effect of Complex Decongestive Therapy in the treatment of breast cancer related Lymphedema
To assess the effect of Standard Physiotherapy in the treatment of breast cancer related Lymphedema
To compare the effectiveness of Complex Decongestive Therapy versus Standard Physiotherapy in the treatment of breast cancer related Lymphedema
Method: In this experimental study, 30 subjects were selected according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria. They were divided into 2 groups namely group A and group B, group A consisting of 15 subjects and group B consisting of 15 subjects. The subjects in both the groups performed the stipulated exercises. The treatment was given 1 hour per day for 3 days per week for 4 weeks making a total of 12 sessions. Pre and post test scores were measured based on range of motion, circumference measurement of limb length and pain. Results: The result showed that complex decongestive therapy was more effective than standard physiotherapy after 4 weeks of treatment. Conclusion: The therapy session concluded that the treatment session was effective which showed that the shoulder mobility was increased and the pain and oedema was reduced by the treatment Complex Decongestive Therapy program.
Keywords: Complex Decongestive therapy, standard physiotherapy, post mastectomy, lymphedema, breast cancer, circumference, pain, range of motion.
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