The effects of the mirror therapy on shoulder function in patients with breast cancer following surgery: a randomized controlled trial

Review written by Dr Sarah Haag info

Key Points

  1. Mirror therapy for shoulder rehabilitation following breast cancer surgery did result in decreased pain and improved shoulder function.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide (1), but survival rates have consistently improved over the years. A common report following breast cancer surgery is decreased upper extremity function and pain (2, 3).

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of active range of motion (ROM) exercise utilizing mirror therapy on shoulder function, shoulder pain, handgrip strength, and fear of movement in patients after breast surgery compared to the same exercises without utilizing the principles of mirror therapy.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, but survival rates have consistently improved over the years.
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While there is a slight advantage to utilizing mirror therapy in improving pain and shoulder ROM, it does not appear that mirror therapy in this context is far superior.

METHODS

  • 89 participants were recruited to participate in this randomized controlled trial.
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