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Exercises After Breast Surgery

Things To Keep In Mind

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tart exercising slowly and increase it as you are able. Stop exercising and talk to your doctor if you:

  • Get weaker, start losing your balance, or start falling
  • Have pain that gets worse
  • Have new heaviness in your arm
  • Have unusual swelling or swelling gets worse
  • Have headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, new numbness, or tingling in your arms or chest

It is important to exercise to keep your muscles working as well as possible, but it is also important to be safe. Talk with your doctor about the right kind of exercises for your condition, and then set goals for increasing your level of physical activity.

This information was developed with assistance from the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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