Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just below the skin. This persistent swelling occurs commonly in the arm or leg, but can also occur in other parts of the body, including the breasts, trunk, abdomen, head, neck or genitals.
What causes Lymphedema?
- After a mastectomy when lymph nodes are damaged or removed
- Following infection or scar formation, which blocks the lymphatic fluid flow
- After a surgery (swelling that is not improving)
Lymphedema may occur weeks, months or years after the initial injury.
What treatment is recommended for Lymphedema?
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the standard of care for the treatment Lymphedema. This treatment consists of:
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
- Compression Bandaging
- Proper Skin Care
- Remedial Exercises
- Compression Garments (sleeves, stockings and self-care training)
Amy Brenna, MSPT, CLT, is Cumberland Healthcare’s certified Lymphedema therapist.
To make an appointment, call Cumberland Healthcare Rehabilitation Services at 715-822-7300.