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Lymphedema

Lymphedema is an abnormal build-up of fluid that can occur in any part of the body. Lymphedema may result from cancer and associated treatments, post-surgery or trauma, adipose tissue disorders, or as a result of genetic predisposition. Most commonly, lymphedema presents as swelling in the arms or legs, but it can appear in the face, neck, trunk, and abdominal regions. It can also emerge with venous insufficiency, which is a common cause of leg swelling.

There is no cure for lymphedema, however, early intervention and management techniques help patients to lead normal lives. Left untreated, lymphedema can lead to infections, numbness, inability to move joints, hardening of connective tissue and pain.

At Excel Physical Therapy, our specially trained physical therapists will work with you and your physician to determine the cause of your swelling. Our specialists are CLT-LANA certified to develop an individualized treatment plan to reduce the volume of fluid, and improve skin appearance. Treatment typically includes manual lymphatic drainage, multilayer compression bandaging, exercises, compression garment measuring and fitting, and extensive patient education.

Benefits of the Excel Physical Therapy Lymphedema Treatment Program include:

  • Slowed progression of the disease
  • Reduced likelihood of infections in the extremity affected by lymphedema
  • Decreased limb size and swelling
  • Perceived feelings by patients of less heaviness, tightness, achiness, and early fatigue
  • Avoid re-accumulation of lymph fluid
  • Maintain normal or near normal size of limbs

The Lymphedema Treatment Program is available at several Excel Physical Therapy locations. We encourage you to contact the location nearest you for more information.