Lymphedema therapy can help anyone with any type of swelling due to cancer, infection, trauma, or mastectomy. Even patients with the most challenging problems see a quick reduction of chronic swelling and improved quality of life.
If you have not spoken to our Lymphedema Experts, feel free to book an appointment.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell.
It may also occur in the face, the trunk, the abdomen or the genital area.
Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from the inability of the lymphatic system to adequately drain lymph fluid from the limb. The most common cause of Lymphedema is Chronic Venous Insufficiency while the 2nd most common cause is cancer and its treatments.
While there is presently no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed with early diagnosis and diligent care of your affected limb.
Lymphedema signs and symptoms, which occur in your affected arm or leg, include:
- Swelling on arms or legs, including fingers/toes
- A feeling of heaviness or tightness
- Restricted range of motion
- Aching or discomfort
- Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis)
- Recurring infections
The swelling caused by lymphedema ranges from mild, hardly noticeable changes in the size of your arm or leg to extreme changes that make the limb hard to use. Lymphedema caused by cancer treatment may not occur until months or years after treatment.
If you suffer from Edema (chronic swelling) for over 30 days, it is likely you have lymphedema and should consult an expert.
Complete Decongestive Therapy
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), is an intensive program that combines many effective treatments including Skin Care, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), Compression Therapy, Lymphedema Exercises & Education. As a technique, CDT originated in Europe and Australia but is now becoming more prevalent in the United States. Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of CDT for improving lymphedema symptoms such as swelling and pain.
CDT is considered the gold standard of treatment for lymphedema that has progressed beyond stage 1 — meaning there is visible swelling without pitting (a temporary indentation forms on the skin when pressed) and there may be evidence of fibrosis (scarring of soft tissue).
Your Lymphedema Therapist can work with you over time to make sure your lymphedema stays under control. OUr client's results speak for themselves.
Below are results our clients have achieved through our Complete Decongestive Therapy.