What is Lymphedema? Lymphedema is an accumulation of protein rich “lymph” fluid in the tissues under the skin, causing swelling in an arm, leg, neck or any area of the body.

What causes lymphedema?

Lymphedema usually occurs as a result of surgical dissection of lymph nodes for breast, melanoma, prostate or head/neck cancers. Other causes can include radiation therapy, trauma, infections, morbid obesity and venous insufficiency.

How is lymphedema treated?

Our Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLTs) teach patients how to manage their condition with the following:

  • Gentle Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) techniques,
  • Skin care, Compression bandaging,
  • Therapeutic exercises,
  • Compression pumps,
  • Proper fitting of compression garments.

Breast Cancer and Lymphedema

Breast cancer related lymphedema, which can cause significant swelling of the involved arm, forearm, and hand, breast, and even the trunk, is mostly caused by damage and trauma to the body's lymphatic system during treatment for cancer and can include limited movement, joint pain, and difficulty performing overhead activities.

Therapists that have had the additional certification for Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP) are experts in restoring motion and mobility, and not only treat the effects of lymphedema, but also reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

Offered at Southeast Grand and Hastings

Southeast Grand Island

929 S Locust St
Grand Island, NE 68801

(308) 382-9700

Fax: (308) 382-9898

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm


2307 Osborne Dr
Hastings, NE 68901

Hours of Operation:

Tues & Thurs 8am - 4pm
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