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What is Lymphedema? It’s the accumulation of protein-rich fluid in any part of the body, but mostly in the arms and legs. It is typically caused when a lymph node is removed or damaged during a mastectomy. The MOTION PT Team is well versed in Lymphedema and ready to formulate a comprehensive plan designed specifically for you. We’ll help tackle this condition and reduce pain and swelling to get you back to what moves you.
There are four parts to lymphedema therapy.
Manual lymph drainage which consists of a very light, superficial massage focusing on rerouting the lymph fluid from the damaged lymph nodes to the healthy lymph nodes to allow absorption and appropriate processing of the fluid.
Application of short-stretch bandages that allow increased comfort in the limb when it is at rest and increased compression with muscle activation.
Careful evaluation and treatment of edema results in a prolonged healing time and the area is at increased risk for skin infection.
- Activity modification:
Activities to avoid as well as beneficial exercises to perform are both discussed in detail.