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.
Lymphatic therapy consists of gentle, hands-on manual techniques used for manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, compression stockings and sleeves, skin care and therapeutic exercise to improve the flow of lymphatic fluid.
For more information about Lymphedema Management call (910) 454-4708, or fax the department at 910-454-4711.