Lymphedema Therapy

What is lymphedema therapy?

Lymphedema is a condition resulting in swelling of one or more limbs and/or trunk due to the accumulation of fluid in the interstitial tissues. It can be the result of surgery, trauma, disease, radiation therapy, venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, obesity, or the congenital malformation of the lymph system.

Lymphedema is treated through complete decongestive therapy (CDT). Key components of CDT include:

  • Manual lymph drainage (a specialized massage to encourage flow of lymph fluid)
  • Compression bandaging or garments to move fluid towards the healthy lymph system
  • Exercise to encourage lymph flow in and out of the limbs
  • Skin care to prevent infections and to hydrate the skin
  • Education and self-care techniques to prevent further compromise of the limb

Nurse wrapping a broken ankle

Results from CDT include:

For more information on lymphedema therapy services at Carlinville Area Hospital & Clinics, call 217-854-3141 ext. 298.