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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Fisioterapia

Physical therapy (FIH-zih-kul THAYR-uh-pee)
The use of exercises and physical activities to help condition muscles and restore strength and movement. For example, physical therapy can be used to restore arm and shoulder movement and build back strength after breast cancer surgery.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.