Lympedema is a medical condition that occurs when the lymphatic system is compromised due to surgery, radiation, injury, or congenital deformity within the lymphatic system. The result is an accumulation of fluid in the affected tissue and eventually the region of the body.
Common symptoms of lymphedema include swelling, hardening, and skin discoloration of a part of the body, which may feel full, fatigued, or has a heavy sensation. There may be a decrease in range of motion and/or the presence of a wound. Left untreated, there is a high risk of infection.
Our physical therapists are specially trained to treat lymphedma, earning national certification through highly-regarded clinical programs.
Lymphedema Management consists of Complete or Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which is the most effective treatment for chronic extremity lymphedema. Types of CDT include manual lymphatic drainage, which is used to re-route the lymph flow around blocked areas and into healthy lymph vessels. Another form of CDT is compression therapy, which utilizes multi-layered compression bandages to improve the efficiency of the muscle and joint pump, exercises that activate the muscle and joint pump, as well as skin care to prevent infection.
A provider referral is required for physical therapy services. The referral needs to include the diagnosis and specify Lymphedema Management with PT services. The referral can be faxed to Rehabilitation Services at (603) 330-8949.