What is Lymphedema?

Come visit Becky Miller DPT, CLT – Certified Lymphedema Therapist at Impact Physical Therapy today!

How can a lymphedema therapist help your patient?

  • Help to identify or classify lymphedema
  • Perform manual lymph drainage techniques for reduction of edema
  • Apply compression bandaging as needed
  • Recommend and fit for compression garments
  • Develop a safe exercise program
  • Educate patient and family on risk reduction and long-term management
  • Training for skincare and hygiene for reduced risk of infection

Common initial symptoms of lymphedema:

  • Limb heaviness
  • General achiness
  • Pain and/or tightness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pitting edema
  • Nonpitting, but chronic edema

When can lymphedema therapy be a beneficial treatment?

  • Lymphedema following cancer diagnosis or treatment
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Post-surgical acute or chronic edema
  • Diagnosed primary lymphedema
  • Lipedema
  • Chronic pain conditions such a fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome