Physical Therapy for Lymphedema
The good news is Lymphedema is a treatable condition that can be controlled through the combination of:
- Manual lymphatic drainage
- Multi-layered compression bandages & garment fitting
- Exercising, strengthening & conditioning the affected extremity
- Balance training
- Aquatic therapy
- Thorough patient education with precaution awareness
Our program will make significant improvements by restoring functional mobility and strength, reducing swelling and pain, and improving cosmetic appearance.
How physical therapy helps:
Physical therapy can be utilized to improve range of motion, strength, endurance and function before and after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Our goal is to help patients return back to normal activities, such as work, exercise and hobbies, as quickly and safely as possible.
Signs and symptoms of Lymphedema?
Lymphedema can occur in any body part. Some common early symptoms include:
- Tightness, swelling or thickening anywhere in the extremity. Initially the swelling may fluctuate but over time it worsens.
- A burning sensation or tingling sensation radiating down the extremity.
- Complaints of heaviness or aching of the extremity.
- Inability to wear rings, jewelry, watches or clothing secondary to edema.