LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY HELPS ELIMINATE PAINFUL SYMPTOMS

Program Objectives
  • Alleviate symptoms such as swelling and pain
  • Administered at home under doctor’s orders
  • Visits are conducted 3-4 times each week for a total of 4-6 weeks in duration
  • Diabetic counseling, safety counseling, and exercising are integral factors
  • Proper administration requires supervision by a lymphedema specialist
  • Lymph drainage maneuvers, multi-layer bandaging, and fitting of compression garments are covered
Program Benefits
  • Increased mobility
  • Balance improvement
  • Increased self-esteem through awareness
  • Reduced swelling and discomfort
  • At home treatment
Treatment/Care
  • Assessment of skin integrity
  • Assessment of functional mobility
  • Assessment of impaired daily activities
  • Assessment of pain level
  • Strengthening test
  • Assessment of affected areas and levels of sensations
  • Manual lymph drainage — a gentle massage that stimulates the lymphatic system to decrease the swelling
  • Medical compression bandaging — facilitates lymph flow and assists in maintaining positive effects of the manual lymph drainage between treatments
  • Sequential pumping — used as needed to assist in lymph drainage in combination with manual lymph drainage and medical compression bandaging
  • Exercise program — a personalized exercise program to assist in improving range of motion, strength, and ability to perform daily activities
  • Patient/caregiver education — proper skin care, self massage, exercise, and precautions to assist in making positive lifestyle choices