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Treatments to Lymphedema

Treatments to Lymphedema

Our body contains hundreds of lymph nodes that produce fluids that are responsible for carrying white blood cells throughout our body to fight infection. However, the lymph system sometimes becomes damaged as a side effect of cancer treatments like radiation therapy or surgery. When these changes prevent lymphatic fluid from flowing the way it usually does, the lymph can pool in the arms and legs that cause swelling called lymphedema.

Right now, there’s no cure for lymphedema, but there are treatments that focus on reducing the swelling and controlling the pain. Thus, Step N’ Stone Physical Therapy Solutions, your trusted Physical Therapy Services in Kokomo, Indiana, brings you these different treatments to lymphedema.

  • Do Light Exercises
    A certified lymphedema therapist can teach or guide you with several light exercises that focuses on gently contracting the muscles in your affected limb. This encourages your lymph fluid drainage and helps you adjust to everyday tasks.
  • Wrapping your arm or leg
    With your entire limb properly bandaged, the lymph fluid may flow back toward the trunk of your body. With the help of a therapist, the bandage should be tightest around your fingers or toes and loosened as it moves up your arm and leg.
  • Massage
    Therapy Services usually offers a special massage technique called manual lymph drainage. This treatment encourages the flow of lymph fluid out of your arm or leg.
  • Complete decongestive therapy (CDT)
    This treatment involves combining different therapies with lifestyle changes. However, we do not recommend this for people who have diabetes, paralysis, high blood pressure, etc.

With our Lymphedema Therapy, you will receive daily treatment, and you will be trained with different techniques to reduce the swelling.

Do you need Occupational Therapy in Indiana? Call us at 765-453-8855 now.

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