What is Lymphedema Management?
Lymphedema is abnormal swelling, typically in the limbs, caused by damaged or dysfunctional lymph nodes. Lymphedema management is one or more of the medical treatments designed to reduce or reverse the symptoms and causes of this condition.
What Does Lymphedema Management Accomplish?
Physical therapy is a proven method of managing lymphedema. Treatments of this kind are aimed at improving lymphatic drainage and counteracting fluid buildup.
What Should I Expect from Lymphedema Management?
- Evaluation: We perform a comprehensive evaluation to learn more about the symptoms you are experiencing and how they are affecting your everyday life.
- Exercises: We teach you light exercises that encourage fluid drainage in the extremities and help prepare you for everyday tasks.
- Bandage wraps: A therapist can show you how to properly wrap your limb. Bandaging causes lymph fluid to flow back toward the trunk of your body.
- Massage: Special massage techniques can increase the flow of fluid out of your limbs.
- Pneumatic compression: You wear an arm or leg sleeve with a pump that intermittently inflates it, putting pressure on your limb and moving lymph fluid out of your extremities.
- Compression garments: Wearing compression garments during exercise can also encourage the flow of lymphatic fluid out of the affected limbs.
What Are the Risks of Lymphedema Management?
Some physical therapy techniques may not be appropriate for every circumstance. You should avoid massage and related methods if you have a skin infection, blood clots, or a disease that is centered in the lymphatic system. Contact a Baptist Health physical therapy location to see if Lymphedema Management is a treatment that can help you.
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