Effects of Rehabilitation and Kinesio Taping to Prevent Axillary Web Syndrome After Breast Cancer Surgery

U

University of Palermo

Status

Completed

Conditions

Axillary Web Syndrome

Treatments

Other: Kinesio taping, Lymphatic drainage
Other: Lymphatic drainage

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT06269523
MFR032024

Details and patient eligibility

About

Axillary web syndrome (AWS) is a complication associated with breast cancer surgery, characterized by pain, functional limitation of the shoulder and decreased quality of life. There are several physical treatment options to reduce pain and improve the functionality of the upper limb in women with AWS. This study evaluates the effectiveness of an early rehabilitation approach to prevent axillary web syndrome consisting in functional and proprioceptive re-education, manual lymphatic drainage and kinesio taping after breast cancer surgery.

Full description

Axillary web syndrome (AWS), is a complication associated with breast cancer surgery, characterized by pain, functional limitation of the shoulder and decreased quality of life. The pain is localized in the axillary area and along the arm, with the limitation of the glenohumeral joint (GO) and the presence of one or more "cords" of tissue visible or palpable with the abduction of the GO, at the level of the axilla , which can extend medially up to the wrist. Incidence, etiopathogenesis and ideal treatment of this condition are not yet clear. The literature provides several physical treatment options for AWS. Physical therapy is effective in reducing pain and improving the functionality of the upper limb. Manual lymphatic drainage is indicated in forms of lymphedema due to axillary lymphadenectomy. The commonly used rehabilitation treatment consists of functional re-education of the shoulder, neuromotor and proprioceptive re-education of the upper limb, lymphatic drainage. Kinesio taping is rarely used and not in association with rehabilitation. This study evaluates the effectiveness of an early rehabilitation approach consisting of functional and proprioceptive re-education, manual lymphatic drainage and kinesio taping after quadrantectomy and lymphadenectoma surgery for breast cancer in the prevention of axillary web syndrome. At the U.O.C. of Functional Recovery and Rehabilitation Department of the Paolo Giaccone University Hospital in Palermo, have been enrolled 18 women between the ages of 45 and 65 years old with a diagnosis of breast cancer, underwent to quadrantectomy and axillary lymphadenectomy. Patients have been randomly divided into two groups: treatment group, in which kinesio taping has been applied, associated with a rehabilitation protocol lasting 18 sessions of functional and proprioceptive re-education and manual lymphatic drainage; control group, subjected to 18 sessions of functional and proprioceptive re-education, manual lymphatic drainage. Patients have been evaluated: one week after surgery (T0), at the end of the 18 sessions (T1) and 3 months after surgery (T2). The investigators evaluated: joint excursion shoulder's degree by a goniometer; the pain, using NRS scale; muscular strength of the upper limbs using a dynamometer (PINCH GAUGE); upper limbs circumference (cyrtometry) by a meter; and the functional capacity of the shoulder, using the Constant Murley scale.

Enrollment

18 patients

Sex

Female

Ages

45 to 65 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

women between the ages of 45 and 65 years with diagnosis of breast cancer underwent to quadrantectomy and axillary lymphadenectomy.

Exclusion criteria

metastatic disease, infections, past TVP, embolia.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Other

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

18 participants in 2 patient groups

Treatment group
Active Comparator group
Description:
18 sessions of functional and proprioceptive re-education, manual lymphatic drainage associated with kinesio taping.
Treatment:
Other: Kinesio taping, Lymphatic drainage
Control group
Active Comparator group
Description:
18 sessions of functional and proprioceptive re-education and manual lymphatic drainage.
Treatment:
Other: Lymphatic drainage

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