Bone Marrow Transplants
Patients who have had bone marrow transplants are often hospitalized for
several weeks in BIDMC's dedicated inpatient transplant unit. Physical
therapists are available on a consultative basis to perform a comprehensive
evaluation and establish a care plan to minimize the effects of the
extended hospitalization. Physical therapists prescribe exercise and
conditioning programs to keep patients strong, modifying these programs
according to the patient's performance and medical condition. Physical
Therapy Cooperative Program students are available to assist patients with
their exercise programs.
Patients with lymphedema experience the build up of fluid in their arms,
legs or other parts of their body during their hospitalization. Physical
therapy, including manual techniques, therapeutic exercises and the
application compression bandages, helps to reduce the edema or swelling
caused by the fluid. Therapists also teach patients and their families
bandaging techniques, exercises and skin care. Some patients may require
the use of additional equipment to control their edema.
Patients who have cancer can present with many different medical conditions
that often result in muscle weakness, decreased endurance, loss of balance
and an inability to get out of bed and walk. Patients experiencing these
difficulties are referred to physical therapy for a comprehensive
evaluation and to develop a plan for addressing these issues.