Comparison of shoulder flexibility, strength, and function between breast cancer survivors and healthy participants

Shana Harrington, Darin Padua, Claudio Battaglini, Lori A. Michener, Carol Giuliani, Joseph Myers, Diane Groff

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Abstract

Introduction: Deficits after breast cancer treatment have been examined by comparing the surgically affected upper extremity to the unaffected extremity. It is not possible to know precisely if anti-cancer treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy had any effect on the unaffected arm. The purpose of this study was to compare ROM, strength, and shoulder function between breast cancer survivors and healthy, matched controls. Methods: Shoulder pain and function was assessed using the Disabilities of the Arm Shoulder Hand (DASH) and the Pennsylvania Shoulder Score (PSS). Active and passive range of motion (ROM) for shoulder flexion, extension, external rotation (ER) at 0° and 90° of abduction, internal rotation (IR) at 90° of abduction were measured on the affected side using a digital inclinometer. Strength was measured using a hand held dynamometer for scapular abduction and upward rotation, scapular depression and adduction, flexion, internal rotation, ER, scaption, and horizontal adduction. Results: Significant differences were found between the two groups for the DASH (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cancer Survivorship
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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