Our therapists have experience helping clients manage their lymphedema from conditions and diagnosis including the following, but not limited to:
After surgery and /or radiation therapy for various cancers:
(breast, uterus, prostate, bladder, lymphoma, melanoma, ovarian)
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Post traumatic and post-surgical swelling (Including Plastic Surgery)
Deep Vein Thrombosis
COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY:
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is considered to be the gold standard of lymphedema treatment and this treatment is described as being a two-phase program. This therapy should only be performed by a trained and licensed therapist.
Phase 1 is known as the decongestive phase.
During this phase the patient is seen by a trained therapist and usually wears short stretch bandages (wrapping) or bandaging alternative for 23 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The primary goals of this phase are:
To reduce the swelling in the affected area until the swollen extremity is reduced to a normal or near normal size.
To teach the patient/caregiver the self-care skills needed to continue this treatment at home.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) to reroute excess fluid out of the swollen tissues so that it can return to the circulatory system.
Phase 2 is also known as the self management phase. During this phase the patient assumes the responsibility for managing, improving and maintaining the results achieved in the first phase. If the patient is unable to do this, a caregiver is trained to take over this role.
These treatments include:
Compression worn daily to prevent the swelling from returning to the tissues again. Daily compression is important in maximizing gains between each treatment visit
Self-Massage to move lymph fluid out of the tissues
Skin care to maintain the health of the tissues so that breaks in the skin will not allow infections.
Exercise to maintain the flow of lymph, increase mobility, control weight, and improve the patient’s general health and sense of well-being.