Turn to the certified lymphedema therapists at Adventist HealthCare for treatments to reduce swelling. Our expert team will help ease your symptoms, allowing you to move more easily, prevent infection and enhance your quality of life.
Certified Lymphedema Therapists
Partner with a therapist who has advanced training to care for all stages of lymphedema. Expert care can help you reduce pain and other symptoms so that your daily activities are easier.
Lymphedema is buildup of a fluid in the body that causes swelling and usually happens in the arms or legs. It can happen after surgery, during cancer treatment or after an injury. Obesity or circulation (blood flow) problems can also cause lymphedema.
Symptoms of Lymphedema
Talk to your doctor if you have:
- A feeling of tight, hard or heavy skin
- Frequent infections
- Reduced strength, mobility or range of motion
- Swelling of the limbs, abdomen, head or neck
Lymphedema Treatment & Pain Relief
Get complete decongestive therapy (CDT) when you visit Adventist HealthCare for outpatient care. During two phases of treatment, your therapist will use many techniques to give you well-rounded care.
During the first three to eight weeks of your program, your therapy may include:
- Compression bandages, sleeves, socks and other therapeutic garments to help improve fluid movement
- Exercises that promote fluid drainage
- Manual lymphatic drainage, or gentle massage that helps fluid drain naturally
- Skin and nail care to prevent infection
Your doctor may recommend additional services, such as home health care and rehabilitation support.
You’ll wear customized compression garments each day to prevent swelling. Replace your garments every four to six months to get the most benefit from them.
Self-Care at Home
Count on your therapist to recommend ways you can manage lymphedema symptoms at home and continue rehabilitation.