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Amy J. Litterini



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Pathologic fractures are considered a skeletal-related event of bone metastasis. Bone metastases indicate a shorter prognosis with the survival rate varying from 6-53 months, depending on the primary type of cancer. Indications for surgery include spinal instability, vertebral collapse with or without neurologic deficit and intolerable pain that is not responsive to conservative treatment. Palliative physical therapy (PT) is provided to the patient and their family to offer education, optimize their functional independence and provide comfort and support. The purpose of this case report was to describe the plan of care for a man with advanced cancer to bone status-post lumbar spinal fusion prior to initiation of cancer treatment.

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Inpatient Rehabilitation For A Cancer Survivor Following A Lumbar Spinal Fusion Secondary To A Pathological Fracture: A Case Report
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