Spinal tumors make up a large proportion of the spinal population on every spine surgery unit worldwide. Seventy percent of spinal tumors are secondary to cancer originating elsewhere in the body (brain, breast, prostate, liver, kidney, uterus).
After surgery patients present with spine issues related to the disease, the surgery and/or the instrumentation. Challenges following surgery can vary from focal back pain and weakness to nerve damage affecting the limbs. To be effective a therapist should have the knowledge and experience of dealing with spine surgery, instrumentation and/or paralysis of the limbs. Furthermore, some therapists also have skills related to oncology treatments and have experience addressing the impact of chemotherapy, radiation treatments and medication on the rehabilitation program that is provided.
To find therapists with expertise in the treatment of the conditions listed below go to the Therapist Search page and follow the instructions to search for an STN member in your local area.
- Tumour resection with or without instrumented fusion with no neurological deficit
- Tumour resection with or without instrumented fusion with neurological deficit
- Oncology treatments for tumors (chemotherapy and radiation)