Recupero motorio e funzionale dopo dissezione latero-cervicale del collo: Due programmi di fisioterapia precoce a confronto

Translated title of the contribution: Motor and functional recovery after neck dissection: Comparison of two early physical rehabilitation programmes

F. Baggi, L. Santoro, E. Grosso, C. Zanetti, E. Bonacossa, F. Sandrin, M. A. Massaro, N. Tradati, M. C. Simoncini

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Abstract

The aim of this prospective, single-centre, non-randomized explorative study is to comparatively assess two-month results of two early rehabilitation programmes in patients receiving neck dissection for head and neck cancer, with the hypothesis that those not receiving therapist-assisted physiotherapy would take an active role in their own rehabilitation to enhance outcomes. At the European Institute of Oncology, Milan (Italy), 97 patients were registered during the pre-hospitalization period and divided into an Autonomous group (living distant from the hospital) and a Physio group (living near). As expected, only 50 patients (25 per group) completed the study. Both groups received a Physical Therapy Brochure with instructions on to how to perform exercises at home. Home physical exercises started five days after surgery and continued for two months. The Autonomous group received a pre-surgery instruction session; the Physio group attended four once-weekly therapist-guided physiotherapy sessions. Two months after surgery, arm mobility and pain had recovered to pre-operative levels. Most endpoints, including the main composite, did not differ between groups. Although longer-follow-up is necessary, early physiotherapy seems to be effective in maintaining arm mobility and reducing pain, even in patients empowered to do exercises autonomously.

Translated title of the contributionMotor and functional recovery after neck dissection: Comparison of two early physical rehabilitation programmes
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)230-240
Number of pages11
JournalActa Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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