Getting dressed in the morning is routine for most of us, but
if you have lymphedema, the simple task of getting dressed can be difficult. Putting on your shoes
may be the reward that comes from months of specialized
Lymphedema therapy is one of many services provided by the staff
of Rehabilitation Services – Lexington.
In fact, we have four physical therapists who treat patients with
Lymphedema is a condition which causes swelling in an arm or
leg. Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system,
which prevents lymph fluid from draining properly and as the fluid
builds up, swelling increases.
While there is no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed with
effective therapy. Our specialists spend a lot of time educating
patients on their role in controlling the condition because it is a
long-term chronic condition that can require significant changes to
a patient's lifestyle.
Most often lymphedema occurs among patients who have experienced
trauma to the lymphatic system. Cancer patients, patients with
heart or kidney disease and those suffering from a traumatic injury
Swelling can be so severe that patients can't function.
Therapists at Lexington Medical Center use a variety of treatment
methods customized to meet the needs of patients. We teach the
patients how they, a family member or a friend can reduce swelling
with treatments at home to help manage their condition.
For more information on lymphedema and other specialized therapy
available in our rehabilitation services department, please call