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Lymphedema Therapy Program

What is Lymphedema Therapy Program?

  • An integrated protocol for reducing lymphedema and its symptoms. It does not “cure”; but rather alleviates swelling and pain
  • It is administered in the home under doctor’s orders
  • It combines manual lymph drainage maneuvers, multi-layer bandaging and fitting of compression garments
  • Diabetic and safety counseling as well as exercise instruction are incorporated
  • Proper administration requires supervision by a certified lymphedema therapist
  • Patients are typically seen 3 to 4 times each week for 4-6 weeks
  • Under certain circumstances and always in consultation with the attending physician, lymphedema pumps may be incorporated into the treatment

Treatment / Care

What are the benefits of the Lymphedema Therapy Program?

Assessment of skin integrity

Assessment of functional mobility

Assessment of impaired daily activities

Assessment of pain level

Assessment of affected areas and levels of sensations

Strengthening test

Manual Lymph Drainage – A gentle massage that stimulates the lymphatic system to decrease the swelling

Medical Compression Bandaging – facilitates Lymph flow and assist in the maintaining positive effects of the manual Lymph drainage between treatments

Sequential Pumping – used as needed to assist in Lymph drainage in combination with manual Lymph drainage and medical compression bandaging

Exercise Program – A personalized exercise program to assist in improving range of motion, strength and ability to perform everyday activities

Patient/caregiver education – Proper skin care, self massage, exercise, and precautions to assist in making positive life-style choices

Opportunity to receive treatment at home

Reduced swelling and discomfort

Increases in mobility

Improvements in balance

Increased sense of “being in control

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