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.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Pain
  • Loss of mobility
  • Slower healing of wounds on arms or legs

Treatments include:

  • 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.