Forté’s Oncology Clinic provides physical therapy to address pain, loss of motion, balance problems, neuropathy, fatigue & lymphedema for cancer patients and survivors.
Many survivors have difficulty enjoying the activities they did before their diagnosis. The therapists at Forté are committed to helping them return to work, leisure, and sports. Our therapists have special skills in treating problems unique to cancer patients such as post mastectomy shoulder and back pain, lymphedema, chemotherapy induced neuropathy, cancer related fatigue, axillary web syndrome, fat necrosis after reconstruction, fractures, and difficulty moving due to CNS tumors.
Physical therapy begins with a complete review of the patient’s cancer diagnosis and a thorough examination of their problems. Therapy sessions usually involve “hands on” techniques such as soft tissue or joint mobilizations to decrease spasms or increase movement, and specific activities designed to increase strength, motion, or coordination. We understand the unique problems associated with a diagnosis of cancer and know how to work within a patient’s limitations while going through cancer treatment. Our patients are guided through each therapy session with sensitivity, skill, knowledge, and compassion.
With 18 years of experience in treating lymphedema, we have helped many people with this diagnosis, treating as many as 200 patients per year.
Our treatment begins with a thorough physical therapy evaluation. The therapist will talk to you about your medical history and perform a thorough physical exam including an inspection of the involved area, a look at your movement patterns, strength, skin mobility, scars, pain, and any other necessary observations. The therapist will discuss the findings with you then recommend a plan of care. Together, you and your therapist will decide on the best course of action.
Typically, you can expect the therapy sessions to be three to five times per week, with the duration depending on the severity of the problem. Each session is one hour long. The sessions typically combine a form of soft tissue mobilization, which feels like a gentle massage, some form of compression, exercise and education regarding self management. The sooner you seek treatment, the less therapy is required, and the easier the self management is.
We recommend that all patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have a pre-surgical consultation with a physical therapist at Forté Rehabilitation and Wellness Center to establish baseline data, get a post-surgical exercise program, and obtain optimal education to reduce the risk of getting lymphedema.
Forté’s therapists help manage orthopedic conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, fractures, sprains, and muscle strains, which commonly cause back, neck, and joint pain, difficulty reaching or bending, and loss of mobility. We also provide rehabilitation for patients after surgery. We work with adults of all ages and levels of ability to help them return to their desired level of activity. Whether the goal is to return to a sport, take care of the garden, get back to work, or move around better at home, Forté can help.
Our physical therapists begin with a thorough evaluation to identify the cause of the problem. Then a specialized therapy program is designed around the individual’s particular problems. Therapy sessions often require hands-on techniques such as soft tissue or joint mobilizations along with specific exercises to strengthen muscles, restore joint motion, or improve coordination. The patient’s status is monitored during each visit and treatments are frequently adjusted to enhance progress.
Forté’s therapists help treat and manage problems caused by disease or trauma of the nervous system. Difficult tasks such as standing, walking, getting in & out of bed, going up & down stairs and other activities of daily living can often be improved with physical therapy. The therapists at Forté have the skills and resources to provide advanced treatment and planning for ambulatory patients with neurological deficits.
Our therapists begin by performing a thorough evaluation that involves an analysis of movement patterns, posture, reflexes, coordination, and gait, as well as strength and range of motion. After the evaluation, a specialized therapy program is designed based on the individual’s unique problems and goals. Treatment for neurologic problems can vary considerably. Patients may require therapy for basic skills such as learning to roll in bed, or more advanced skills such as walking safely in the dark. Treatment may also include recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment to help patients get around in their environment more safely and easily. Our therapists use a variety of creative therapeutic techniques that help retrain the brain and nervous system, improve the way the body moves, and make life easier and more enjoyable.
Forté Rehabilitation and Wellness Center offers Wellness Programs in a comfortable, non-threatening atmosphere to promote overall health and help individuals restore or maintain a more energetic lifestyle.
Our medically oriented fitness center brings medicine and fitness together in an atmosphere which provides the most expert level of service and attention available today. Our fitness staff is comprised of certified personal trainers helping you to reach your specific goals and needs. The fit club is available to the general public, helping to expand our reach and become an advocator in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Our setting is perfect for people who don’t know how to exercise, have medical conditions or physical limitations that make it challenging to exercise, or prefer a smaller, more personal environment. This is also an excellent transitional program for patients after being discharged from our physical therapy program. For more information, please contact us or call to schedule a FREE consultation with one of our Personal Trainers. We also offer $15 trial sessions with the trainer of your choice. This gives you the opportunity to see if Forte’ Fit Club is the right choice for you.
Beautiful exercise floor overlooking golf course
Multi-gym weight machine
Elliptical, treadmills, and stationary bikes
The Forté Massage Club provides members with a relaxing spa experience performed by our licensed massage therapist. Clients simply relax and enjoy the experience, complete with peaceful surroundings, aromatherapy, soft music and soothing hands.
Give us a call today to schedule your massage appointment (210) 342-5300.