... walking/balance/falling issues related to chemotherapy related nerve damage. One says focus on balance, the other says my leg has atrophied and that needs treating. They keep changing my exercises and now I'm wondering who to trust or if I need to look for a new physical therapist. I am two years out from throat cancer treatment with the drug cisplatin. The neurologist told me that he thought I'd be 95% improved by now, but I'm still using a cane and still occasionally losing my balance. I'm wondering if this is just the way it's going to be from now on which is very discouraging or whether realistically physical therapy can even help me. Thanks for your help
A yoga therapist can be super helpful if available in your area. It sounds odd but you get to relax and focus on your breathing while the therapist will move your body in barious positions. Beforehatyoy let them know what issues you want to work on and this is definitely one that can be helped. Avery gentle yoga regimen (maybe chair yoga even) can also be helpful as you build muscle, balance and bone mass and density when done correctly- checkout Dr. Fishman's osteoporosis routine (there are three versions to every pose and with pics so it's very helpful) though osteoporosis isn't your isssue, the exercises are great most everyone and gentle! Sciatica.org has one of his sequences for free. He also has books - I have the osteoporosis one and really like it.
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