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Evaluation of kinesthetic sense and hand function in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema.

Karadibak D, Yavuzsen T - J Phys Ther Sci (2015)

Bottom Line: In both groups, functional mobility, kinesthetic sense, and daily living skills decreased significantly with increasing edema severity.However, there was no significant difference between groups with respect to functional mobility or daily living skills.The kinesthetic sense of the hand was better in the HE- group than the HE+ group.

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Affiliation: School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, DokuzEylul University, Turkey.

ABSTRACT
[Purpose] This study evaluated the functional ability and kinesthetic sense of the hands of women with breast cancer-related lymphedema. [Subjects and Methods] Fifty-seven women experiencing lymphedema after breast surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy were included. The patients were divided into two groups: women with hand edema (HE+, n = 29) and without hand edema (HE-, n = 28) after breast cancer treatment. Arm edema severity, hand size, functional mobility and kinesthetic sense of the hand, and daily living skills were evaluated. [Results] The mean age of the patients was 55.8 years. In both groups, functional mobility, kinesthetic sense, and daily living skills decreased significantly with increasing edema severity. However, there was no significant difference between groups with respect to functional mobility or daily living skills. The kinesthetic sense of the hand was better in the HE- group than the HE+ group. There was a significant negative relationship between the severity of edema and hand function. [Conclusion] Breast cancer-related lymphedema can negatively impact women's functional mobility and kinesthetic sense of the hands as well as daily living skills.

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Mentions: The kinesthetic sense of the hand was measured by examining the patients’ ability to copyhand positions22, 23). The test was conducted in a quiet well-lit room, with the patientcomfortably seated using a table and chair of appropriate height. A masking box was placedon the table to occlude the patient’s vision while allowing the physiotherapist to have afull view of the patient’s hand. The box had an internal shelf that supported the forearmalong predetermined lines drawn at an angle of 20° to the table edge; the hands hung freelyover the edge of the self. The physiotherapist demonstrated a set of eight visually cuedhand positions (Fig. 2Fig. 2.


Evaluation of kinesthetic sense and hand function in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema.

Karadibak D, Yavuzsen T - J Phys Ther Sci (2015)

Hand positions
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fig_002: Hand positions
Mentions: The kinesthetic sense of the hand was measured by examining the patients’ ability to copyhand positions22, 23). The test was conducted in a quiet well-lit room, with the patientcomfortably seated using a table and chair of appropriate height. A masking box was placedon the table to occlude the patient’s vision while allowing the physiotherapist to have afull view of the patient’s hand. The box had an internal shelf that supported the forearmalong predetermined lines drawn at an angle of 20° to the table edge; the hands hung freelyover the edge of the self. The physiotherapist demonstrated a set of eight visually cuedhand positions (Fig. 2Fig. 2.

Bottom Line: In both groups, functional mobility, kinesthetic sense, and daily living skills decreased significantly with increasing edema severity.However, there was no significant difference between groups with respect to functional mobility or daily living skills.The kinesthetic sense of the hand was better in the HE- group than the HE+ group.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, DokuzEylul University, Turkey.

ABSTRACT
[Purpose] This study evaluated the functional ability and kinesthetic sense of the hands of women with breast cancer-related lymphedema. [Subjects and Methods] Fifty-seven women experiencing lymphedema after breast surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy were included. The patients were divided into two groups: women with hand edema (HE+, n = 29) and without hand edema (HE-, n = 28) after breast cancer treatment. Arm edema severity, hand size, functional mobility and kinesthetic sense of the hand, and daily living skills were evaluated. [Results] The mean age of the patients was 55.8 years. In both groups, functional mobility, kinesthetic sense, and daily living skills decreased significantly with increasing edema severity. However, there was no significant difference between groups with respect to functional mobility or daily living skills. The kinesthetic sense of the hand was better in the HE- group than the HE+ group. There was a significant negative relationship between the severity of edema and hand function. [Conclusion] Breast cancer-related lymphedema can negatively impact women's functional mobility and kinesthetic sense of the hands as well as daily living skills.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus