Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are educated to understand the health conditions related to your cancer diagnosis and to develop a plan before, during, and/or after your cancer treatment. All types of cancer can benefit from physical therapy. Studies show exercise can improve chances of survival and is supported by the American Cancer Society and the American College of Sports Medicine. The physical therapists at Highlands Oncology Group will work with you to provide an individualized treatment program to address your specific cancer-related problems.

Benefits of Physical Therapy *:

  • Strengthening
  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Flexibility and range of motion
  • Lymphedema or swelling
  • Aerobic capacity
  • Fatigue reduction
  • Fall prevention
  • Improved walking
  • Dizziness or vertigo treatment
  • Urinary incontinence treatment
  • Postural improvement
  • Elevated Quality of Life and Well-Being
  • Bone Health
  • Coordination
  • Reduction in pain
  • Decreased scar tissue adherence

Cynthia “Cindy” Gunselman, PT, joined the staff of Highlands Oncology on July 16, 2013. Cynthia received her physical therapy degree from the University of Central Arkansas and has over 30 years of experience. She received certification as a lymphedema therapist in 2002. She will be adding physical therapy services to the existing lymphedema treatment program at HOG and will be teaching lymphedema risk reduction classes. In addition to physical therapy lymphedema treatment, Cynthia will be working with the staff to provide rehab services tailored to the specific needs of the patients at Highlands Oncology.

 

Gina Baumgartner, PT, DPT, received her B.A. in Biology from the University of North Texas in 1994, B.S. in Physical Therapy from U.T. Southwestern Allied Health Professions, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana, Missoula. Gina became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) from Klose Training in 2018 and is Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certified. She is also a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. Gina is the supervisor of Physical Therapy and Massage. Other areas of competency include vestibular disorders, generalized deconditioning and weakness, gait and balance deficits, neuromuscular conditions, fall prevention, and orthopedic problems. She enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Ginger Young, PT, MPT, CLT is our newest member of the Highland Oncology Physical Therapy team.  She has 18 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working in outpatient orthopedics and home health.  She graduated from UT Arlington with a Bachelor’s in Biology and received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical school in 2002.  She has lived in Arkansas for 11 years with her husband Travis and her two boys and in her spare time enjoys bike riding on the greenway, crochet, attending her kids’ activities, and volunteering at church.   Ginger currently works in our Rogers location treating patients with lymphedema, general deconditioning, balance and vestibular disorders, and orthopedics problems.


*References:

oncologypt.org/oncology-for/

https://www.curetoday.com/community/amy-vant/2015/05/what-is-the-role-of-physical-therapy-in-cancer-recovery

• Alappattu Meryl et al. Clinical Characteristics of Patients with Cancer Referred for Outpatient Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy. April 2015 95 (4) 526-538.

• Lemanne D, Cassileth B, Gubili J. The role of physical activity in cancer prevention, treatment, recovery, and survivorship. Oncology. 2013, June; 27(6):580-5.

• Rizzo A. The Role of Exercise and Rehabilitation in the Cancer Care Plan. J Adv Pract Oncol. 2016;7;339-342

• Silver JK, Baima J, Mayer RS. Impairment-driven cancer rehabilitation: an essential component of quality care and survivorship. CA Cancer J Clin. 2013, Sept; 63(5):295-317