Lymphedema is a build-up of fluid caused by a problem with the lymphatic system. The condition affects the arms and legs. It occurs most frequently in cancer survivors, but it can also be related to heredity, trauma and post-surgery side effects.
- Loss of mobility
- Slower healing of wounds on arms or legs
- Comprehensive decongestive physical therapy, which involves:
- Home exercises designed to increase movement of fluid in arms or legs
- Massage that patients or caregivers learn in order to move lymph flow around affected lymph nodes
- Bandaging that patients learn so they are able to wrap the affected limb properly
Education, which involves learning:
- How to manage the condition
- Why the management techniques are effective
- How to manage problems that arise
- Tips for managing lymphedema in everyday situations
Is the Lymphedema Management Program for you?
If you are experiencing the symptoms of lymphedema, you may be a good candidate for our program. Ask your doctor if physical therapy would benefit you. Please call us at 440-960-3400 or 440-222-4250 for more information. A physician’s referral is required.