Individualized Care to Decrease Symptoms
Lymphedema usually occurs as a result of cancer treatment, but it can also be a hereditary condition. When lymphatic vessels are damaged, lymph nodes are surgically removed, or lymphatic vessels are impaired or missing, lymphedema develops. Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid which causes swelling, most often affecting the arms or legs, and creates heaviness and aching in the affected area.
Although there is no cure for lymphedema, physical therapy can dramatically alleviate its symptoms and decrease its associated risk of infection and wounds. Our certified lymphedema physical therapists will work closely with you and your health care team to effectively manage your lymphedema through clinical treatment, education and instructions for home care. We can help you control swelling and meet your goals for getting back to the things you love.
We work closely with each of our patients and their physicians to ensure the best possible care and recovery. At your first visit, your PT will discuss your medical history, measure your affected and unaffected limb(s) and answer questions. We will listen to your concerns and needs and, with your goals in mind, develop a care plan. Our certified lymphedema physical therapists will walk you through an effective treatment known as Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Physical therapy treatment may include:
Benefits of Treatment
While it can be frustrating to know there is no cure for lymphedema, our specialists are here to help. If left untreated, lymphedema can get worse. Getting treatment right away can help with: