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Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissue that causes swelling in the extremities and/or torso. It can develop when the lymphatic vessels are absent, underdeveloped or obstructed and are unable to reabsorb and transport fluid.
Lymphedema may begin with an unexplained swelling of the arm or leg. Your limb may feel full, heavy, or tight. If left untreated, the swelling may increase and harden the tissue leading to further complications.
Combined Decongestive Therapy - Treatment For Lymphedema
An effective treatment for lymphedema is Combined Decongestive Therapy, which includes:
- Manual Lymph Drainage – a gentle, rhythmic massage-like movement, performed with precision by a certified therapist
- Bandaging and compression garments
- Skin care
St. Joseph’s has a specially trained therapist in St. Joseph's Outpatient Rehab who is an expert at combined decongestive therapy to help reduce lymphedema.
Conditions Treated With Combined Decongestive Therapy
Multiple conditions/diseases can be treated for lymphedema, including:
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancers
- Venous Stasis with Ulcerations
- Stroke with Hemiplegia
- Scar Tissue
Learn More About Therapy For Lymphedema At St. Joseph's
For more information about Combined Decongestive Therapy for Lymphedema management, call St. Joseph's Outpatient Rehab at (602) 406-3230.