What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is swelling that can occur anywhere in the body, but is most often found in the arms or legs. It happens when the lymphatic system is not draining fluid properly, causing excess fluid to accumulate. There are two types of Lymphedema:
Primary Lymphedema occurs when lymph vessels are missing or impaired and is generally present at birth or comes about through unknown causes at puberty or even in adulthood.
Secondary Lymphedema occurs when lymph vessels are damaged or removed and is a result of surgery, radiation, infection or trauma. Secondary Lymphedema can occur weeks, months or even years after a surgery, radiation, infection or trauma took place.What are the symptoms?
Lymphedema symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A feeling a fullness in an extremity
- Tight skin
- Decreased flexibility of the hands, wrists, ankles or shoulders
- Difficulty fitting clothing over the specified area
If you notice these symptoms persisting, it’s important to get prompt medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment greatly improves your overall prognosis.What kind of treatment is provided?
Lymphedema treatment depends on the cause. If it is caused by infection, then the first course of action will generally be antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. Most other forms of Lymphedema can be treated immediately and effectively with a combination of Complete Decongestive Therapies performed at the Therapy & Sports Medicine Center. These treatments include bandaging, manual drainage, compression garments, skin care and exercise and range from 45 - 90 minutes. Treatments are traditionally daily for two weeks but may vary based on individual needs.Certified Treatment for Lymphedema
The Therapy & Sports Medicine Center provides a complete array of treatments to relieve the swelling of Lymphedema. Our full-time physical therapist is certified by the Lymphology Association of North America in administering Complex Decongestive Therapies, which include bandaging, manual drainage, compression garments, skin care and exercise.
The Lymphedema Treatment Services offered at the Therapy & Sports Medicine Center
are paid for by most insurances and Medicare, based on medical necessity. All you need to get started is an appointment and a referral from your physician for physical therapy.Locations
Ring Road Medical Plaza
(Corner of Rineyville Road and Ring Road)
1111 Ring Road
Monday - Friday - 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- On-site registration
- Convenient Parking
- State-of-the-art equipment
- “Open Door” policy - stop by for a tour of the facility
- Most insurances accepted
- Accredited by Joint Commission
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (270) 706-5100.Lymphedema Brochure