Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can play an important role in a cancer patient’s treatment. As a result of the disease process, coupled with potential side-effects of treatment, patient’s may experience increased fatigue, impaired balance, new onset of pain, shortness of breath, muscle weakness and abnormal ambulation. If left untreated, these impairments can lead to an inability to perform daily activities necessary to remain independent. The goal of physical therapy is to reduce the impact of these impairments for patients during active cancer treatment or to shorten recovery time post cancer treatment.

SNCC’s physical therapy services are individualized to address each patient’s unique concerns based on a comprehensive evaluation of all body systems.

Common concerns include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Deconditioning/Activity Tolerance
    • Muscle weakness
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
  • Balance issues
    • Dizziness
    • Vertigo
    • Falls
    • Oculomotor dysfunction
  • Neuropathy
    • Numbness/Tingling
    • Motor impairment
  • Conditions
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Contractures
    • Back pain
    • Foot drop
  • Gait
    • Poor mechanics
    • Unsafe walking
    • Assistive devise use
  • Strength
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Flexibility
  • Walking difficulties
  • Postural problems

To learn more about physical therapy and other rehabilitation services available at Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center, call 402-420-7000. We have appointments available Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the 68th & 0 Street location (referrals not required).

“We are excited to add this important piece to our rehabilitation services at SNCC. Our physical therapists play an important role in our patient’s quality of life and a critical role as part of the cancer care team by intervening during all stages of their care.”

Tracy L. Bender, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, CMF

Meet the Physical Therapy Team

Cristina Macke, PT, DPT – Ms. Macke received her doctorate in physical therapy at Western Kentucky University. She has worked in outpatient, worker’s compensation and home health sectors of rehabilitation. She received additional training in the evaluation and treatment of balance disorders. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Ms. Macke sees patients for balance and cancer rehab.

Jonathan Aten, PTA – Mr. Aten’s passion comes from the satisfaction of helping others enjoy a better quality of life through improved health and greater mobility. Mr. Aten is a native of Western Nebraska and started his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and obtained an Associate’s Degree from Southeast Community College. He has experience with orthopedics, geriatrics and home health patients.