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Lymphedema Treatment Services

Who is Affected by Lymphedema?

Lymphedema affects both men and women and can occur anywhere in the body.

What are the Potential Effects of Untreated Lymphedema?

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Limited range of motion and mobility
  • Interference with participation in daily activities
  • Dramatic alteration of physical appearance
  • Chronic infections
  • Poor body image and self esteem

Lymphedema Therapy Plans

Our certified lymphedema specialist conducts a comprehensive evaluation and works with you to establish an individualized plan of care based on your goals and needs.

Following Your Comprehensive Evaluation, Your Program may Include:

Lymphatic drainage massage – a gentle, sequential, rhythmic massage that promotes improved lymphatic circulation.

Compression bandaging to promote edema reduction during the active phase of treatment.

Therapeutic exercises specifically designed to improve lymphatic circulation and reduce edema.

Skin care to help restore skin integrity and reduce risk of infection; a common side-effect of lymphedema.

Extensive education and resources to help you effectively manage the condition.

Customized garment fitting to help maintain the edema-reduction achieved through the therapy program.

Or other treatments based on your individual evaluation.


For more information contact us at 373-6175.

 

What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a condition of chronic swelling often resulting after damage to the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps to maintain your body’s normal fluid balance. When the lymphatic system is compromised, it can no longer function properly, resulting in lymphedema.

The lymphatic system can be compromised in several ways, including:
  • Lymph node removal and/or radiation for the treatment of cancer, including head and neck, breast, prostate, and gynecological cancers
  • Tissue scarring following extensive trauma or surgery to the arms, legs or abdominal areas
  • Presence of a genetic form of lymphedema known as primary lymphedema