Axillary strings, one of the most common sequelae of breast cancer

Written by: Curro Millán
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

Axillary strings or "guitar strings" usually occur after surgical removal of the tumor operation or mastectomy. It is one of the most common sequelae of breast cancer, and extend from the side of the operated side ribs, through the armpit, through the arm and forearm sometimes reaching.

Usually appear during the first 3 months after surgery, and are seemingly harmless but may leave functional limitations: inability of a normal arm movement, tension and, in many cases, pain (which, though at first it may seem a sequel without importance, quite distressing).

In the Fisiomédico Institute, pioneer center physiotherapy oncological, we meet every day with this sequel, which makes've developed different protocols to address it and seek the goal of normalization of the structure, which is both physically importance and psychologically :

  • Standardization of the damaged structure Endermotherapy meidante through skin mecanoestimulación
  • Manual therapy
  • myofascial induction
  • Physical activity specialist

Thanks to the various techniques we reduce fibrosis and thrombosis of lymphatic vessels and blood. With this we obtain the tissue gradually recovers its elasticity and then behave normally. All this translates into improved mobility, joint range recovery of lost and a significant decrease in pain and the feeling of tightness.

Furthermore, this treatment emphasizes not only in the area of the breast if not the whole arm and underarm area also works, so that we prevent the onset of lymphedema.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Curro Millán
Physical therapy

Curro Millán is a renowned Physiotherapy professional, graduated from the European University of Madrid. He is an expert in advanced physiotherapy applied to women, breast physiotherapy , lymphedema and lipedema , among others.

He combines his care activity with his position as Vice President of the Spanish Association of Oncological Physiotherapy, and co-director of the Master of Oncology Physiotherapy at the Complutense University of Madrid.

He is currently the General Director of the Physiomedical Institute of Madrid.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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