In 2010 Zaporuka inaugurated a physical therapy room at the National Cancer Institute in which under the guidance of the specialists the children exercise their joints, learn to walk again and regain lost strength.
Two experienced specialists work here. Their patients are children who underwent surgeries to remove malignant tumors. For weeks, and sometimes even for months, they stay in bed. Without physical activity a significant deterioration of muscles and ligaments occurs, joint and various edemas because of blood-circulation degradation are observed. As a result, irrevocable atrophic changes of muscles appears and it leads to partial or complete loss of their functionality. Besides, limbs that were not operated on also need separate work to be done to keep it in a normal physical condition because they are under a bigger load as a result of body weight redistribution. These children learn to walk and to move again. And the physiotherapists help them in it.
If a patient does not work with a physiotherapist, it’s extremely hard and painful for him or her to get up; it reduces mobility, distorts the gait and may cause edema.
The physiotherapist also requires a variety of equipment, simulators, supports, as well as mechanical tools to work with the affected limbs.
Every year more than 30 children receive rehabilitation sessions from our specialists.