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Lymphedema Therapy

Rehab - Amy & Paula

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 of 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, and Ashley Knutson, DPT, LAT, CLT, are Cumberland Healthcare’s certified Lymphedema therapists.

To make an appointment, call Cumberland Healthcare Rehabilitation Services at 715-822-7300 or fax information to 715-822-7301.