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OVERVIEW

Lymphedema

Lymphedema refers to persistent swelling of the arm and leg.

This can occur following mastectomy. It could also happen after infection or scar formation, which may block the lymphatic fluid flow.

Lymphedema can occur weeks, months, or even years after an injury, trauma, or surgery.

There are many treatment options available for postural and therapeutic exercises, massage, compression bandaging, and compression garments.

GOALS

Possible Treatment Goals

  • Improve Function
  • Decrease Postoperative Complications
  • Improve Range of Motion
  • Improve Relaxation
  • Self-care of Symptoms
  • Improve Tolerance for Prolonged Activities
  • Improve Wound Healing
RESOURCES

Physical Therapy
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Neuromuscular Re-education
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Vestibular Therapy
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Therapeutic Exercise
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Manual Therapy
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Joint Mobilization

Core Training
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IASTM
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Blood Flow Restriction
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Physical Therapy for Dancers
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Shockwave Therapy
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Dry Needling