If you're experiencing abnormal swelling in your arms or legs, you may have developed lymphedema. This is a condition in which excess fluid collects in tissues and causes swelling. Lymphedema can occur following cancer treatment, trauma or in those who have circulation problems.
While there is no cure for lymphedema, there are ways to manage the condition, ensure your comfort and prevent its occurrence.
- Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)—lymph drainage massage to improve circulation
- Gradient compression bandages and garments to reduce swelling
- Exercises to aid flexibility, strength, circulation and endurance
- Modalities such as laser treatments to compliment other therapies
- Education on treatments you can do at home to provide relief
- Specialized therapies for breast swelling and pain due to surgery
Our experienced physical therapists are specially certified in the treatment of lymphedema. Their focus is on relieving swelling and discomfort, and they will develop an individualized plan to help you achieve the goals that are important to you. The compassionate care and therapy they provide is designed to empower you to successfully manage your condition so you can live life to the fullest.
For an appointment or to learn more, please contact us at 215-494-7353.
The WISER Survivor project is an approximately 14-month weight loss and exercise study for sedentary breast cancer survivors who are overweight and who have symptoms or a history of breast cancer related lymphedema. This study will examine the effect exercise and/or weight loss has on lymphedema, breast cancer recurrence and quality of life—Holy Redeemer is a study site. To learn more, click here.