Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling, most often in the arms and legs, but occasionally in other body parts. Occurring when the channels and nodes that transport lymph are impaired, this condition can develop immediately after a surgery that disrupts the lymphatic system, or months to years following cancer treatment. Trauma and infection are also common causes. In addition to swelling, symptoms of lymphedema may include a feeling of heaviness, cosmetic deformity, decreased limb function, skin changes, open wounds and infection in the involved area.
Our therapists have been specially trained and have been practicing in the evaluation and treatment of lymphedema for a combined 20 years. Our comprehensive treatment program includes manual lymphatic drainage, use of a compression pump, multi-layer bandaging, therapeutic exercises, appropriate compression garments, and patient education. When appropriate, we also utilize aquatic therapy to assist with our lymphedema treatments. Our program is comprehensive and intensive, but also flexible to allow for life schedules and activities.