Lymphedema is considered a lifelong condition that needs to be properly evaluated by a Lymphatic Specialist. Early treatment can give patients the best guidance for symptom management and help restore or maintain their functional independence. Surgical procedures often cause disruptions in the flow of interstitial fluid producing excess lymph, resulting in Lymphedema. Lack of proper return of this fluid to its drain site can be caused by scar tissue formation, creating a “road block.” Trapped fluid contributes to overfilling of the chambers in your extremities causing further damage to your lymphatic system. Addressing these “clogged drains” early may prevent permanent damage. Lymphedema from scar tissue can occur following any post-operative procedure and is commonly seen in our Breast Cancer population from lymph node removal. This causes a direct disruption to the lymphatic system itself. Radiation can also damage an unknown number of lymph nodes which complicates the ability for your lymphatic system to function properly.
Our Lymphatic Specialists will evaluate you to determine the level or degree of lymphedema, and develop a plan for your current condition. Lymphedema is typically thought of something that is not reversible, however there have been many patients who have seen exceptional changes made with attending our prescribed Physical Therapy programs. Patients have witnessed long term changes improving their overall quality of life.
Treatment techniques available for Lymphedema:
Treatment techniques used will be based on your medical history and evaluation by licensed Physical Therapist accordingly.