Head and Neck Shoulder Exercise Study

We conducted a study to evaluate the effects of progressive resistance exercise training (PRET) on shoulder and neck dysfunction due to nerve damage in patients with head and neck cancer.

Fifty-two head and neck cancer survivors were randomly assigned to PRET or standard care. Participants assigned to the PRET group exercised two to three times per week for 12 weeks.

The goal of the exercise program was to improve mobility and strength of the upper extremity.

The resistance exercise program was progressive in terms of the number of sets and repetitions performed, as well as amount lifted, depending on the individual?s baseline strength levels and overall performance status.

The primary outcomes for the study included

  • pain and dysfunction,
  • active and passive range of motion measures,
  • strength and endurance testing,
  • and quality of life. 

The results for the study have been submitted to a journal for consideration of publication.