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Rehabilitation

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid. Areas that may be affected include arms, legs, trunk, head, neck, face and genitals.

lymph.jpgThe Lymphedema Program provides Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) that consists of directional lymphatic massage, compression bandaging and garments, therapeutic exercise and skin care. Treatment sessions are from one to two hours daily, Monday through Friday. The length of treatment is based on individual need and may vary from 10 to 30 sessions.

Signs and symptoms of lymphedema:

  • Persistent swelling that continues to worsen over time
  • Heaviness and limitation of movement
  • Repeated infections (cellulitis)
  • Skin thickening, discoloration, clear lymph fluid leaking from the skin

Possible triggers for lymphedema:

  • Surgical removal of lymph nodes
  • Radiation over and around lymph nodes
  • Surgical incisions that are perpendicular to the lymph channels
  • Excessive scar tissue
  • Obesity
  • Family of history of lymphedema
  • Untreated chronic venous insufficiency

Click here for a Lymphedema Screening Tool.

Hours
Lymphedema Program: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.