An estimated 2.5 million people in the United States suffer from Lymphedema, a condition caused by the accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the body that causes swelling in the arms or legs. Lymph is a clear fluid that develops in the tissue spaces through the body. It is a part of the circulatory system of veins and arteries. The fluid accumulates as a result of trauma to the lymph nodes. Most often an arm or leg is affected, but it can occur also in the face, neck, and abdomen or other parts of the body. Lymphedema left untreated can have important pathological and clinical consequences for the patient.
Our treatment program consists of four primary tenets:
- Manual Lymph Damage (MLD) - a gentle manual therapy technique which improves the activity of the lymph vessel and re-routes the lymph flow.
- Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) - compression therapy increases the tissue pressure and is applied between treatment sessions. Compression garments are utilized in Phase II of treatment.
- Therapeutic Exercise - aid the lympokinetic efforts of the muscle and joint pumps.
- Skin Care - infections can be a serious complication of Lympedema. Each patient is taught meticulous skin care.
Lymphedmea is a serious and progressive condition, resulting in infections that require extended hospital care if left untreated. The safest, most effective treatment for Lymphedema is MLD/CDT.