Treatments from occupational therapists trained to treat lymphedema, using proven therapies to improve the activity of your lymph vascular system.
Lymphedema is the accumulation of lymphatic fluid in your body, causing swelling, most often in your arms and legs and occasionally in other parts of the body. Primary lymphedema can occur from idiopathic (unknown) causes; secondary lymphedema can develop as a result of surgery, radiation, infection or trauma. This condition is sometimes associated with cancer treatment. Breast cancer patients who have had a mastectomy, lumpectomy in combination with axillary node dissection and radiation therapy are at higher risk for developing lymphedema.
Our experienced certified lymphedema occupational therapists are dedicated to helping reduce the fluid buildup in your body. Treatments include massage to improve the activity of your lymph vascular system and the use of specially fitted compression garments. Our therapists use an approach based on the complex decongestive therapy methods, which consist of manual lymph drainage, bandaging, compression garments (sleeves, stockings) and education on the lymphatic system.
The goals of treatment are to prevent or delay the occurrence of lymphedema among those who are at risk for developing the condition, to provide complex decongestive therapy, and to educate patients about the condition and how to manage it.