Breast Care Program

Breast cancer is a common cancer among women. Current treatment interventions including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have continued to increase the survival rate. Despite the success rate of these procedures, patients may experience physical changes following them. These physical complications may include scar tissue formation, myofascial pain, decrease in arm range and motion, and lymphedema. These complications may interfere with normal daily activities.

Experienced staff

Aurora Rehabilitation Center Breast Care Program is staffed with Physical and Occupational Therapists who are specially trained to meet the needs of women or men going through breast surgery. Our program strives to provide effective and compassionate care.

Individualized treatment

In order to provide the individualized treatment to each patient, the program involves a comprehensive evaluation done pre-operatively and approximately four weeks post-operatively. Benefits of these evaluations include early detection of problems as they occur to allow quick return to normal activities with less limitations.


During the course of pre-surgical testing, patients are seen for a physical or occupational therapy evaluation. The comprehensive evaluation includes:

  • Past medical history
  • Social history including home and job responsibilities
  • Posture
  • Range of motion of the neck and arm
  • Strength
  • Circumferential measurements of both arms – to get a baseline for post surgical swelling comparison

This pre-surgical session also includes education for:

  • Guidelines for activity after surgery
  • Activity and exercise precautions


Patients return at approximately four weeks after surgery for a re-evaluation of:

  • Activity level and any residual limitations in activity
  • Posture
  • Range of motion
  • Circumferential arm measurements to compare to pre-surgical level
  • Sensation
  • Scar/surgical incision
  • Strength

Education at that session includes:

  • Modification of the exercise program, based on remaining limitations. Progression to strengthening to allow return to normal activities
  • Scar massage and mobilization
  • Lymphedema prevention and precaution strategies

If activity limitations, limitations in arm motion, pain, and/or edema are present, further follow-up therapy may be recommended. The therapists are available as additional resources to answer any questions they may have concerning their surgery and condition. An evaluation may be repeated during the course of cancer treatment to determine any new problems or limitations that may develop during or post radiation treatment, or with scar-tissue maturation.

Locations that offer this service

Referral sites are available throughout the Aurora Health Care system.

Kenosha County

Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha
7610 Pershing Blvd.
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 948-7045

Manitowoc County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
5300 Memorial Dr.
Two Rivers, WI 54241
(920) 793-7570

Milwaukee County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Cancer / Lmphedema
2801 W. Kinnickinnic River Parkway
Suite 160
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 649-7946

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th Street, 4th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 219-5241

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
8901 W. Lincoln Avenue
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 328-6640

Ozaukee County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
Aurora Medical Center – Grafton
975 N. Port Washington Road
Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 329-2700

Racine County

Racine Razor Sharp Fitness Center
7300 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53406
(262) 321-6000

Washington County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
1048 E. Commerce Blvd.
Slinger, WI 53086
(262) 644-6268

Waukesha County

Aurora Medical Center in Hartford
1032 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027

Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
Aurora Medical Center in Summit
36500 Aurora Dr.
Summit, WI 53066
(262) 434-2600

Winnebago County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Medical Center
855 N. Westhaven Drive
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(920) 456-7100