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Lymphedema can be painful and uncomfortable. With help from Saint Francis Memorial Hospital’s trained lymphedema therapists, lymphedema can be managed.
Saint Francis lymphedema therapists are experienced in performing Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the current international standard and therapy of choice for the treatment of lymphedema. CDT is endorsed by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.
CDT is a non-invasive, safe, and reliable treatment regime proven to have long-term effectiveness in facilitating drainage and circulation, and reducing the debilitating symptoms that result from a damaged lymphatic system.
Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is an important component of CDT. It is a gentle manual treatment to activate the lymphatic and interstitial fluid circulation. This helps to remove metabolic wastes, alleviate pain, and calm the nervous system. MLD can be used to help accelerate healing from injuries, surgical trauma, chronic conditions, and edemas.