Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is a disease of the system that regulates how much fluid is held in the body’s tissues.

Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system. This blockage prevents fluid from draining. When this fluid does not drain properly, excessive swelling can occur.

Our Certified Lymphedema Therapists are specially trained to provide therapy to address this chronic swelling and the related problems that occur with it. This therapy not only helps the actual swelling but also pain and skin changes. We can assist in providing appropriate, comfortable, well-fitting compression garments or help in getting a lymphedema pump, if necessary.

Causes

  • Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Radiation treatments for cancer
  • Infection
  • Injury or fracture
  • Rare, inherited conditions

Symptoms

  • Swelling in arms and/or legs
  • Discomfort or aching feeling in arms and/or legs
  • Feeling of tightness or heaviness in limbs
  • Restricted motion in limbs
  • Thickening or hardening of skin
  • Reoccurring wounds/infections in limbs
  • Prolonged swelling in any body part

Treatments

  • Exercise
  • Wrapping of affected body part with special wraps in a therapeutic pattern
  • Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) – a type of hands-on massage to improve the pumping action of the Lymphatic system
  • Skin care
  • Education on precautions and how to maintain control of swelling by home programs
  • Pneumatic compression by compression pumps
  • Compression garments that are comfortable and fit well – many times custom made for any body part

With three Certified Lymphedema Therapists on our team, we have had special training and continue regular education to ensure we are up-to-date in the latest in Lymphedema care. Our team has years of experience and we coordinate our skills to provide the best outcome for you.

A physician’s referral is needed for evaluation or treatment. Call (812) 934-6512 or email Debbie Flaspohler.