City of Hope’s Physical Therapy Program helps patients who have been weakened by disease or treatment regain and maintain their maximum level of function and independence.
Fatigue and pain – including post-surgical pain – are common during treatment and recovery. Our physical therapists are highly experienced in treating these conditions with a variety of techniques such as manual therapy, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, modalities, customized bracing, body positioning, therapeutic exercise and education.
Cancer patients can experience skin problems for a variety of reasons, including after effects from radiation therapy or delayed healing. Skilled in wound care, including the cleansing and application of dressings, our therapists work closely with plastic and reconstructive surgeons and nurses to bring the latest treatment advances to our patients.
Patients who experience the loss or function of a limb may require braces or prosthetics to achieve safe and functional independence. Our physical therapists work with orthotists and prosthetists to design appliances that help facilitate the highest level of physical mobility and comfort. Once outfitted with the correct equipment, patients undergo intensive training to help reclaim their mobility.
Physical therapists also play an integral role in the comprehensive palliative support of patients, providing pain management and quality end-of-life care.