Lymphedema is an abnormality of the lymphatic system leading to excessive swelling/edema in arms, legs, or other body parts.
There are two types of lymphedema: primary and secondary.
Primary lymphedema is caused by a dysfunction with the lymph transport system. There may be insufficient vessels, or the vessels may be weak and unable to cope with the load, or there may be a problem with the lymph nodes, usually affecting the lower limbs.
Secondary lymphedema can arise because of damage to the lymphatic system, like when nodes are removed in surgery or after radiation in treatment for cancer, or when vessels are cut or damaged in trauma or accident. For example: in cases of breast cancer where nodes are removed from the axilla (armpit), there may be swelling.
- Complete Decongestive Therapy
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage-Vodder Method
- Multi-layer Compression Bandages (Short Stretch Bandages)
- Compression Garment Recommendation
- Lymphedema Therapeutic Exercise
- Active/Passive Range of Motion/Strengthening Exercises
- Activities of Daily Living Training
- Education in Skin Care and Lymphedema Precautions
- Education in Self Manual Lymphatic Drainage