Lymphedema is a disease that causes painful swelling of the arms, fingers, legs, or feet. Limbs and appendages become swollen due to the excess lymph fluids collected in these areas.
Lymph is a protein-rich fluid that moves throughout your body in lymph vessels. It removes bacteria, viruses, and waste, and carries them to your lymph nodes. Your lymph nodes then filter the fluid to get the toxins out of your body. However, if there is a blockage in your lymphatic system, fluid will build-up, which can then result in lymphedema.
There are two types of lymphedema: primary and secondary.
Primary lymphedema refers to a genetic condition wherein your lymphatic system is not fully developed or is missing altogether. Secondary lymphedema, on the other hand, is caused by factors, such as disease, that damage your lymph nodes. This can be caused by:
- An infection
- Cancer or radiation treatment for cancer
- Lymph node removal
There is no sure way that this condition can be prevented. However, it can be managed. Through Step N’ Stone Physical Therapy Solutions, you can avail of our Lymphedema Therapy performed by certified and licensed physical therapists.
Treatment for this condition involves an intensive daily therapy regimen with our physical therapist in Kokomo, Indiana. Here, the client receives daily training and treatment.
Next, through occupational therapy, the client will receive informative sessions that will teach them techniques on how to care for their body at home or work.