Lymphedema is a chronic, life-long condition that causes progressive swelling of an area of the body (arm, leg, or face) that is experiencing lymphatic dysfunction. Lymphedema may be caused by a variety of reasons including radiation therapy, surgery, trauma, or illness and it can be managed.
Specially trained physical and/or occupational therapists work with patients to provide comprehensive treatment to decrease swelling and mange it long-term. Treatment can involve a variety of methods including:
- Comprehensive evaluations to determine individualized treatment plans and therapeutic goals.
- Work with doctors to recommend lymphedema management products such as compression garments, lymphedema pumps, and other specialized lymphedema products.
- Provide specialized and individualized treatment that may include therapeutic exercise, manual lymph drainage, multi-component bandaging, skin and wound care, and custom home programs.
- Train and educate patients and their caregivers to manage lymphedema long-term