What Is Lymphedema and How Is It Treated at St. Mary's?
Lymphedema is a medical condition that affects the body's lymphatic system. If this system of lymph vessels and nodes is damaged, or if a vessel or node is removed, fluid cannot flow through the system correctly and can accumulate. This causes swelling in the affected body part.
Our lymphedema treatment includes:
- Individualized and/or group activities and exercises focusing on positioning and posture awareness
- Use of Intermittent Compression Pump and/or support garments
- Review of principles of skin protection and the use of constrictive clothing and jewelry
- Activity/exercise program emphasizing mobility of the involved limb(s)
- Individualized home activity/exercise program to reinforce precautions with good body mechanics
- Outcomes focus on increased flexibility, improved body/mind awareness, re-engagement in more productive lifestyle, decreased pain/somatic symptoms, controlled swelling and follow through with program guidelines
Contact St. Mary's Call Center (812) 485-6920 option 1 to schedule your first treatment.