It's called "Axillary Web Syndrome" (AWS) or "Cording." A side effect of lymph node biopsy procedures.. Most people with breast cancer need to have at least one of these surgeries. Scar tissue from surgery to the chest area to remove the cancer itself also can contribute to cording. If you develop axillary web syndrome, you'll often be able to see and/or feel a web of thick, ropelike structures under the skin of your inner arm.
The cords tend to be painful and tight, making it difficult for you to lift your arm any higher than your shoulder or extend the elbow fully. This pain and limited range of motion can have a major impact on your day-to-day life.
Physical therapy can help. We'll sit down with Jen at CPRS Physical Therapy to learn about the treatment and talk to one of her patients.
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