If you have developed Lymphedema, or were born with it, we can help you manage this permanent health condition, and reduce the swelling and related health risks.
Lymphedema often develops after surgery or injury. It’s best to seek treatment early-on, to reduce its harmful and disfiguring effects. Otherwise, your treatment period could be much longer because it has become more advanced.
The body’s lymphatic system continuously produces and drains lymph fluid, which fights infection and absorbs fats from the intestine and transfers the fats to your bloodstream. When part of the system does not work, there is the chance that this fluid will not be properly processed – causing it to continually collect in the affected area.
The area containing the fluid buildup can become grossly enlarged – causing a disfiguring physical appearance, and discomfort and pain affecting joints. Areas affected may include an arm, leg, genitalia, trunk, or face. Because of the stretching and damaging of the skin, Lymphedema patients face a higher risk of developing risky skin infections.
Draining of the excess fluid from Lymphedema can be done by our Certified Lymphedema Therapist, who has been trained to use manual techniques to remove blockages and move the fluid into adjacent areas which can properly process it. The therapist is trained to apply special compression bandages or garments to the affected area after it has been drained, to maintain pressure and help keep the swelling from recurring. Most importantly, you will be taught how to best manage this condition.
Talk to your doctor about obtaining a referral for Lymphedema Therapy at Memorial Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.