Lymphedema Therapy Program

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling in a body part due to accumulation of lymph fluid.  Swelling usually in an arm or leg but can also occur in the face, neck, trunk, pelvis or groin. For more information click here.

Lymphedema is not curable but with proper instructions can be managed effectively.  The key is prompt identification and treatment.

Lymphedema management takes less time, energy and money if treated in early stages. Lymphedema can be managed through Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).  Therapy is designed to reduce swelling and then focuses on home maintenance.

Therapy includes:
  1. Meticulous Skin Care.  Patients are taught good skin hygiene to help reduce the chance of infection
  2. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MDL), a specialized manual treatment that facilitates the movement of lymph fluid.
  3. Compression Bandaging.  Short-stretch compression bandages are used to increase the tissue pressure, which aides in the movement of lymph fluid.  Bandages are worn day and night.
  4. Exercise helps improve lymph circulation and is done with the bandages or compression garment on.  Breathing exercises also increase the amount of fluid that is moved.

When the swelling is reduced the therapy focuses on home maintenance.
If Lymphedema signs and symptoms are present, seek medical advice.  NRMC Wound & Skin Care Clinic can evaluate and treat for Lymphedema.   A licensed therapist certified in the Complete Decongestive Therapy will establish the treatment program.

NRMC provides a wide variety of comprehensive health care services including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

For further information about Lymphedema Therapy and other services please contact Nevada Regional Hospital at 417-667-3355 or you can contact the Wound and Skin Care Clinic at 417-448-2121

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