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A Study to Assess the Effectiveness of Twin Therapeutic Approaches on Certain Biophysiological Parameters in Women after Breast Surgery at Selected Hospital, Chennai


Introduction: Worldwide, breast cancer comprises 10.4% of all cancer incidences among women, making it the second most common type of non-skin cancer and the fifth most common cause of cancer death. In 2004, breast cancer caused 519,000 deaths worldwide (7% of cancer deaths; almost 1% of all deaths). Breast surgery is a common procedure performed in women. Many women who undergo breast surgery suffer from ill-defined pain syndromes. Research design and method: Pre experimental research design was used. Fifty women were selected by using convenient sampling technique at government general hospital, Chennai. An interview schedule used for baseline state assessment and visual analogue scale was used for pain assessment and flexi level scale used for assessing shoulder function. the collected data was organized and analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: The Level of pain shows, in the study group 49 (98%) of them had moderate in the pre-test and after the intervention all of them had mild pain in the post test. In relation to level of shoulder function before the intervention shows that in the study group 49 (98%) of them had movement towards gravity and after intervention 24 (48%) of them had movement against gravity maximum resistance and only 5 (10%) of them had movement against gravity. The naadi chudhi pranayama and arm exercise were found to be effective. There was a significant reduction in pain and shoulder stiffness level at a ‘P’ level of <0.001. There was a negative correlation between the pranayama practice and the level of pain, there was a positive correlation between the arm exercise practice and the level of shoulder function. There was no significant association between demographic and clinical variables with the level of pain and shoulder function in the study. Conclusion: Cancer survivors will get benefited by rehabilitation programmes.

Selvia Arokiya Mary A

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