Objective: To describe how mobilization stretches and exercise decrease shoulder impairments, a complication related to breast cancer surgery, thus improving quality of life.
Data sources: PubMed, Medline, Medline-Ovid.
Conclusion: Mobilization stretches and exercises after breast surgery are an effective way to improve shoulder range of motion and decrease chest tightness and pain.
Implications for nursing practice: Nurses who provide care to breast cancer patients need to teach and encourage patients to exercise postoperatively to eliminate or minimize the side effects of surgery.
Keywords: breast cancer; exercise; exercise benefits; mobilization stretches; surgery; weight training.
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