Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling of a body part or limb caused by an accumulation of lymph fluid in the tissue spaces and throughout the body. It may be caused by venous insufficiency, surgery, radiation therapy or genetics. If left untreated, lymphedema may worsen and become a chronic condition. With proper treatment, the disease can be managed and the swelling reduced. Lymphedema is more common in females and develops gradually over time.

Our lymphedema therapy program provides comprehensive and skilled care for individuals with the condition. Here is how the program works:

  • We provide a supportive, caring environment to help patients learn how to treat and live with this condition
  • A physical therapist creates an individual treatment program that is tailored to the patient’s specific condition and lifestyle
  • Most patients receive approximately 12 treatments
  • Treatment includes education on hygiene and skin care, along with fluid mobilization, and exercise and bandaging of the limb or body part
  • Once the lymphedema stabilizes, a physical therapist fits the patient with a compression garment to prevent fluid from accumulating