Document Type : Research Articles
Department of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Faculty of Physiotherapy, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Deemed to Be University, Karad, Maharashtra, India.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Deemed to Be University, Karad, Maharashtra, India.
Background: To study and analyse the spinal dysfunction in breast cancer survivors with lymphedema. Methods: This study was carried out by analysing total 116 breast cancer survivor women, who were having lymphedema. Out of 116 subjects, 39 undergone radical mastectomy (RM), 39 undergone modified radical mastectomy (MRM) and 38 undergone breast conserving surgery (BCS). Thesesubjects were assessed for spinal function bytaking range of motionusing goniometer, lymphedema measurement usinginch tape, spinal stability test and functional rating index. Results: The spinal range of motion wassignificantly reduced in patients suffering from lymphedema in breast cancer survivors. The strength and endurance were significantly reduced in abdominals, extensors and lateral muscles of spine. There wasmarked effect seen on quality of life of patients assessed by using functional rating index due to spinal dysfunction in lymphedema patients. Conclusion: This study showed that there is statistically significant spinal dysfunction caused due to lymphedema in breast cancer survivors.