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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.
An effective treatment for lymphedema is Combined Decongestive Therapy, which includes:
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.
Multiple conditions/diseases can be treated for lymphedema, including:
For more information about Combined Decongestive Therapy for Lymphedema management, call St. Joseph's Outpatient Rehab at 602.406.3230.