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Lymphedema Therapy Services

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What is Lymphedema?

If you suffer from swelling in either or both arms and legs, you may have lymphedema. Your lymphatic system is a large part of your immune system. This swelling occurs when there is a blockage that obstructs the lymph fluid from draining normally. The swelling can be relatively mild to extreme swelling. The condition causes change in the size of one or all the extremities.

Allow your primary care doctor to diagnose your swelling. You may experience this swelling related to your cancer treatment when some of your lymph nodes are damaged or removed. Lymphedema may not develop for months to years after your cancer treatment.

You may find that the extremity is hard to use.

Reasons for lymphedema include

  • Cancer
  • Congenital Lymphedema or (Milroy’s Disease)
  • Lymphedema Praecox or (Meigs’s Disease)
  • Late-Onset Lymphedema

Secondary causes include

  • Older aged individuals
  • Obesity
  • Rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis
  • Surgery
  • Infection
  • Cancer

This fluid backup causes swelling, and classic symptoms are as follows.

  • Range of motion is restricted
  • You experience some aching or uncomfortable feeling in the affected extremity
  • Rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis
  • Cycling infections
  • The skin may become thicker and harder

Lymphedema Treatment

There is no cure for lymphedema. This condition can be maintained to help control the swelling and eliminate pain or keep pain at a tolerable level. Treatment options include the following.

  • Light exercises
  • Wrapping the affected area with an ace wrap
  • Massage Therapy unless there is a skin infection, blood clot, or an active disease process.
  • Compression stockings
  • Pneumatic Compression
  • Complete Decongestive Therapy that includes all therapies. This is contraindicated if there is high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, paralysis, blood clots, or acute infection.
  • Surgical intervention to remove excess tissue in arms or legs to help reduce swelling.
  • Lymphatic or venous anastomosis
  • Lymph node transplants.