Lymphedema Treatment

Lym­phede­ma can result from removal of lymph nodes, radi­a­tion ther­a­py, trau­ma, chron­ic venous insuf­fi­cien­cy or con­gen­i­tal con­di­tions. While a cure is not known, a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist can help man­age the dis­com­fort and swelling with com­pres­sion treat­ments and man­u­al lymph drainage (mas­sage). Your phys­i­cal ther­a­pist will teach you exer­cis­es that can stim­u­late lym­phat­ic flow from the affect­ed extrem­i­ty and reduce your swelling.