Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often an extremity, resulting from an accumulation of fluids. Lymphedema may occur when the vessels are underdeveloped or obstructed. Risk factors include combined surgery and radiation therapy, combined surgery and infection, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, heavy breast prosthesis, trauma to remaining lymphatics (i.e. sunburn, surgery, blood pressure cuff), recurrent tumor. Lymphedema can also occur as a result of chronic venous disease, which involves the large lymphatic vessels that run parallel to the veins.
At PT360, our customized treatment includes Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), proper skin care, remedial exercises, and/or compression bandages/garments. Lymphedema therapy offers individuals an option with demonstrated long-term results and an educational component to empower individuals to manage their lymphedema following the course of treatment.