Women with persistent pain after breast cancer treatment

Is their pain threshold altered?

  • Persistent lower pain threshold and limitations in mobility and strength
  • Central sensitisation plays a role in these persistent complaints
  • Recommendations for training programmes after breast cancer treatment

Women who underwent breast cancer treatment often deal with persistent complaints: their pain threshold is lower in the body region that has been treated, and mobility and muscle strength in their shoulder is limited. Moreover, their pain threshold is lower in other areas as well, which implies that central sensitisation plays a role in these complaints. Training programmes should focus on training the affected muscles without increasing pain. This was concluded by a Danish-Spanish research group from a carefully conducted case-control study in 21 females who previously received breast cancer treatment and 21 healthy females.


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