Lymphedema Therapy

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 therapy.

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.

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 are examples.

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 336-238-4776.


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