Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid causing abnormal swelling in the arms, legs, feet, breasts, abdomen, neck or head. Lymphedema develops when lymphatic vessels are impaired or missing or when lymphatic vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed.
Swelling has long been a concern for physicians and their patients. Whether the swelling is due to plastic or reconstructive surgery, cancer surgery, orthopedic surgery, diabetes-related wounds, radiation or venous insufficiency, occupational therapy can facilitate a more efficient reduction of this fluid.
Lymphatic therapy is a proven, safe and effective method used to reroute excess fluid in the tissues back into normal circulation. There are no adverse side effects. The goal of lymphedema treatment is to reduce swelling and maintain reduction. This is done with Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), graduated compression garments, skin care and therapeutic exercises. Our Occupational Therapists have undergone extensive training in treatment and management of Lymphedema and are Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT).
Our Certified Lymphedema Therapists work with you not only to treat your symptoms but to educate you and show you how to manage your condition on your own.
For more information about Lymphedema Management call (910) 457-3843, or fax the department at 910-454-4711.