Lymphedema is a chronic condition that affects nearly 5 million Americans. The most common form is secondary lymphedema resulting from the treatment of cancer, injury, or surgery. If allowed to continue untreated, it can worsen, resulting in hardened and less elastic tissue. Successful management of lymphedema is achieved through early diagnosis and treatment.
Lymphedema occurs when there is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the body’s tissue. Increased fluid volume causes limitations in joint and limb range of motion, loss of strength, and functional limitations with activities, such as lifting and reaching. Treatment of lymphedema helps one become more active, safe, and improves the appearance of the affected limb.
Select Therapy’s comprehensive approach to the treatment and management of lymphedema ("Decongestive Therapy") includes:
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) techniques
- Fitting of Custom Compression Garments and Wraps
Range of Motion
- Scar and Myofascial Mobility
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Instruction for Self/Home Management of Lymphedema
Our Lymphedema Program was designed and carried out by our Certified Lymphedema Therapist on staff. For more information about our Lymphedema Therapy Program, feel free to give us a call, so we may answer any questions specific to your needs.