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Shoulder problems or cording following treatment for breast cancer

What can physiotherapy offer for shoulder problems or cording following treatment for breast cancer?

Occasionally women or men can experience pain and stiffness in their arms and shoulders may occur after surgery, and the skin in these areas may become tight.  Cording is thought to be scar tissue which can develop in the arm pit and down the arm.

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What can our women’s or men’s health physiotherapist offer you?

Assessment :

We give time to listen to you, in order to understand your individual condition and the problems it causes and how it is affecting your life.



We examine you thoroughly to form an opinion on diagnosis. We discuss our findings with you and how the condition may best be treated.


Advice and information:

We will offer you advice and information about your condition, especially in regards to how you can help yourself manage your condition better.


Treatment choices and shared decisions:

We will discuss your treatment options and we will make decisions together forming an individual plan to suit your condition, your choices and your needs in order to help this problem.

The treatment may include:

  • Exercises  to stretch and or strengthen your shoulder.
  • Mobilisations, massage and manipulations - movements we or you can apply to joints or muscles and tissues.


How can I see a Women's and Men's Health Physiotherapist?