top of page

   Lymphedema

 

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the interstitium which cause chronic inflammation, hardening, and scarring of tissue (fibrosis), and rapid increase of adipose tissue on the affected areas.

Edema versus Lymphedema: edema is a symptom of underlying disease like kidney problems, heart failure, liver cirrhosis and other causes such as pregnancy, injury and medications. Lymphedema is a disease and always in high protein triggering low-grade inflammation and fibrosis.

The gold standard of treatment of lymphedema is CDT: MLD (manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, and skin care. In addition, self-care, nutritional, psychological and exercises along with CDT will assist in lymphedema management.

 

Swelling of your extremities is gradual, and it affects your balance and the ability to walk. If these are not addressed well; it could lead to immobility, multiple surgeries, walking, and functional limitations.

WA Physical Therapy Specialist can help you prevent the above risks. You can call us with or without your referral for a consultation. Our first step is to gather facts about the injury. Then, we will perform specific and sensitive variables to the disease you are experiencing, measure and observe your mobility, and identify what could be causing your disease. Finally, we will develop a plan of care specific to your conditions and establish functional goals to attain your optimum quality of life. 

We apply the gold standard of lymphedema treatment CDT (Complete decongestive therapy) to facilitate independence, optimum healing, and function improvement. It comprises manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, skin care, exercises, behavioral therapy, nutrition, and compression stockings.

Secondary Lypmhedema

Secondary lymphedema may develop at any age and may be caused by a malignant tumor obstructing lymph flow, a traumatic injury such as a fracture or injury to tissue surrounding a normal lymphatic flow, or by filariasis (filarial worm infestation that damages the lymph nodes or lymphatic vessels) WA Physical Therapy Specialist obtained comprehensive training and education to manage this condition.

Primary lymphedema

 

Primary lymphedema (PLE) results from abnormal development and/or functioning of the lymphatic system, can present in isolation or as part of a syndrome, and can be present at birth or develop later in life or it can also be genetics in causation. 

picture of a swelling legs
picture of decompression bandage for lymphedema

What conditions qualifies treatment for lymphedema

  • Venous  insufficiency

  • Post surgeries

  • Primary lipidema

  • Secondary lymphedema

  • Edema


 

bottom of page