Cancer Care

Overview

Cancer treatment can cause physical impairments that impact your quality of life and ability to function. Obtaining physical therapy during or after cancer treatment can make the recovery process less painful and more effective and can speed up recovery time so you regain function faster.

At USC Physical Therapy, we provide all of our patients with a personalized plan of care that addresses the deficits and side effects caused by cancer treatments. Through individualized, compassionate care and a broad array of services, we help our clients regain their quality of life and improve their activity level.

Every one of our clients undergoes a thorough evaluation and physical examination conducted by one of our licensed physical therapists. A detailed physical examination and review of your medical history allows us to create a personalized plan of care for you based on your condition, goals and schedule.

Once your examination and evaluation have been completed, your therapist will help you understand your specific problem and explain your diagnosis and treatment plan.

Conditions Treated

USC Physical Therapy offers a broad array of physical therapy services to treat a number of conditions related to cancer treatment including:

  • Lymphedema
  • Axillary webbing syndrome/cording
  • Pain
  • Loss of mobility
  • Stiffness or loss of motion
  • Weakness
  • Limited endurance
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Nerve palsy
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Post-chemotherapeutic rehabilitation
  • Pre/post-radiation rehabilitation

Physical Therapists

Each one of the physical therapists at USC Physical Therapy brings a wealth of experience to their practice. In addition to strong credentials, our physical therapists are actively involved in research and apply the most relevant and modern techniques available for treating the functional limitations and physical impairments caused by cancer treatment. They are involved in teaching within our top-ranked physical therapy doctoral program and have established local and national reputations as leaders in clinical physical therapy.

Location and Hours

Rehabilitation for cancer treatment-related functional (or activity) limitations and physical impairments is offered at the following location:

USC Physical Therapy at the Health Sciences Campus
USC Physical Therapy at the University Park Campus
Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Center

Resources

American Cancer Society
CancerCare and Exercise
National Cancer Institute Lymphedema Information
APTA – Lymphedema
APTA – Move Forward