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, patients 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
- Shortness of breath
- Balance issues
- Oculomotor dysfunction
- Motor impairment
- Frozen shoulder
- Back pain
- Foot drop
- Poor mechanics
- Unsafe walking
- Assistive devise use
- Reduced range of motion
- 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 p.m. at the 68 & 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