Kinematic changes in the shoulder complex and spine as a consequence of a mastectomy

Start Year: 2006
Finish Year: 2008
Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Sharon Kilbreath
Grant Type: Novel Concept Awards
Institution: University of Sydney

Following mastectomy as a consequence of breast cancer, many women are left with some impairment in arm function which can interfere substantially with activities of daily living.

Associate Professor Kilbreath hypothesises that changes in movements related to loss of balance in the chest impact on the function of the shoulder girdle and spine, thereby contributing to symptoms. The findings from this study may identify critical factors which can then be addressed to minimise the long term morbidity of the mastectomy. In addition, the findings will contribute significantly to the guidelines for breast reconstruction which currently are based on cosmetic and psychosocial issues.