What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a chronic (long-term) condition in which excess lymph fluid collects in tissues causing swelling due to injury to the lymphatic system. Lymphedema commonly affects one arm or leg, though in some cases both arms or both legs can be affected. Some patients may experience swelling in other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, chest, face, and neck. There are numerous causes, including genetic, surgical, traumatic, and infectious causes. Most commonly, lymphedema is caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. There's no cure for lymphedema, but it can be controlled.
What can a Lymphedema Specialist do for me?
A certified lymphedema therapist provides complete decongestive therapy (CDT). CDT includes the following components:
- manual lymph drainage
- compression bandaging
- education on skin care and risk reduction
- compression garment fitting and training
Our program is individually designed to meet your needs and goals, and it results in reduced swelling and improved quality of life. The program also teaches you and your family how to manage the condition, it and provides follow-up care and resource referrals as needed.
Upper Extremity Lymphedema Location
Hahnemann Campus: 508-334-8700
Head and Neck, Upper Extremity, Torso, and Lower Extremity Lymphedema Location
Physical Therapy Plus, Whitney Field Campus: 978-534-5922