Lymphedema & Wound Therapy
Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of body fluid, typically in an extremity or one area of the body. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system for fluid drainage is damaged. Left untreated, it can result in swelling, pain, weeping of fluid through the skin, inability to utilize the affected extremity, skin changes, wounds, and development of greater complications.
“Primary” lymphedema is when your lymph system is damaged and issues arise on their own. “Secondary” lymphedema is caused by a condition or procedure that damages your lymph nodes.
Lymphedema Therapy can…
- Identify and discriminate between lymphedema, lipedema, lipolymphedema, phlebolymphedema, dependent edema, and venous edema.
- Perform a bedside ankle-brachial index study using a hand-held Doppler and choose an appropriate level and type of compression.
- Use advanced hand techniques, precise targeting of soft tissue layers and lymphatic structures, and ergonomic positioning.
- Implement an appropriate exercise program to alleviate pain and reduce symptoms.