Use of ASTYM® Treatment on Scar Tissue Following Surgical Treatment for Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study

Purpose: Hypersensitive adhesions that lead to decreased flexibility and function in the involved upper quadrant can develop following mastectomy for breast cancer. ASTYM® treatment has been used to desensitize and remodel scar tissue thereby improving function. This pilot study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of ASTYM on range of motion and perception of functional ability in this population. Methods: A retrospective, descriptive design was used to evaluate functioning before and after ASTYM. Data retrieved from patients' charts included: demographics, ASTYM treatment use, range of motion, and perceived disability. Results: Data analysis revealed significant (p < .000) and clinically meaningful findings related to increased range of flexion and abduction motion and perception of physical disability in breast cancer patients following ASTYM treatment. Conclusions: Problems with upper extremity motion, disability, and self perception are common in this population. ASTYM is effective in returning women to their prior physical status following surgery.

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