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Lymphedema Treatment

Treat Lymphedema With Physical Therapy

Lymphedema can be painful and uncomfortable. The swelling, tightness, and diminished flexibility can make the simplest of tasks difficult. Treating your lymphedema with physical therapy provides the relief you need. Through a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and patient education, lymphedema therapy will help reduce the pain and swelling.

At PT Solutions, our physical therapists will become vital members of your healthcare team. They will work with you and your doctor to develop a plan for treating your lymphedema. Our goal is to help you return to your activities without being in pain or uncomfortable.

What to Expect With Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema treatments vary from patient to patient and depend on the severity of the condition. For example, swelling is often milder in the early stages of lymphedema and would be managed differently than in a more severe case.

Common interventions our therapists use include:

  • manual lymph drainage
  • aerobic exercise for drainage and conditioning
  • strengthening of deconditioned areas
  • education on proper compression garment wear, skincare, and risk of infection and injury
  • garment fitting

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