Physical therapists trained in treating scar tissue?

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Question from Sheree: How common is the knowledge about deep soft tissue work and scar tissue? I am having a difficult time finding therapists that are informed and/or comfortable working with mastectomy patients outside of MLD.
Answers - Linda Miller Unfortunately, this is a relatively new area for physical therapists to be treating on a regular basis, and for some therapists, an underlying cancer diagnosis can be intimidating to treat. More and more therapists are being trained in treating breast-cancer-related problems, and it's best to try to find one who specializes in the area.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called After Surgery: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects featured Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answering your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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