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Head and Neck Cancers

Rehabilitation of head and neck cancer survivors may be complicated and involve interventions for speech, swallowing, breathing, pain, fatigue, cervical and shoulder dysfunction.

Speech therapy can help with:

  • Trismus, a tonic contracture of the muscles of mastication that can occur after surgery or radiation
  • Swallowing deficits
  • Speech deficits
  • Nutritional needs including weaning from tube feedings as appropriate
  • Quality of life
  • Pain management

What to Expect From Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers

Therapy may include:

  • Oral motor exercises to strengthen and improve your ability to swallow safely
  • Neck and shoulder range-of-motion exercises to improve pain and flexibility, and reduce scar tissue
  • Patient education on compensatory strategies for swallowing
  • Patient education on treatment for trismus including use of TheraBite® as indicated
  • Nutritional counseling and diet upgrades based on swallowing assessments
  • Referral to PT/OT if lymphedema is suspected

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“I am amazed how beneficial lymphedema therapy was. The outcome was visible and evident that the treatment plan was designed to meet my health condition. I never imagined there was help for edema since I had it for many years. Not only were the benefits physical, but also there were emotional benefits – I love the way my feet, ankles and legs look! Many thanks!”


“I am very thankful for AAMG Physical Therapy. They were so patient with me explaining the different exercises to improve the strength of my arms after my breast surgery. I’m much more flexible, and it has made all the difference in bettering the pain level after surgery. I recommend ALL breast patients receive some sort of physical therapy.”


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