Let's effectively manage your lymphedema
Lymphedema is an incurable but treatable medical condition caused by injury, trauma or congenital defects in the lymphatic system. It is estimated that at least five million Americans suffer from lymphedema, and probably many more.
Our specially trained, experienced therapists are here to provide you with the care you need to treat your lymphedema.
When the lymphatic fluid exceeds the lymphatic system's ability to carry it, swelling results, as an abnormal amount of protein-rich fluid collects in the tissues of the affected area.
There are two types of lymphedema:
Primary lymphedema can be present at birth or develop at the onset of puberty or in adulthood
Secondary lymphedema can be caused by surgeries or radiation treatments and is a common side effect of cancer treatments that remove or damage lymph nodes or vessels
Over time, untreated lymphedema results in:
- Possibly death
Lymphedema can be very effectively managed with different treatment options outlined by your dedicated, specially trained Bryan therapist.
The recognized standard of treatment for lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT comprises four interacting protocols applied in two phases (acute and ongoing):
- Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
- Compression therapy
- Lymph drainage exercises
- Skin care
After your doctor refers you for lymphedema therapy you will be scheduled for an initial evaluation with our certified practitioner. During that first visit she will take a detailed history, review your particular needs, perform appropriate tests and measures and then make recommendations. She will review the treatment plan in detail before any specific treatments are begun and will ensure that you understand and are comfortable with the program.