Lymphedema

Lympedema is an abnormal accumulation of water and proteins in the tissues underneath the skin. It is a condition that is progressive and will only worsen if left untreated.

The lymphatic system is responsible for moving fluid from the body back into the circulatory system. Lymphedema can occur when there has been damage to the lymphatic system making the transport capacity decreased.

Here in the U.S., the main cause for damage to the lymphatic system is from surgical removal of lymph nodes in cancer treatment, with breast cancer being the most common. Treatment for lymphedema involves a specific kind of massage to move fluid out of the affected areas followed by compression of the area to prevent the return of fluid to the region.

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Lymphedema, Breast Cancer, and PT:

An estimated one third of women who undergo axillary lymph node dissection during breast cancer treatment develop lymphedema. Physical Therapy after breast cancer reduces lymphedema, ensures better outcomes, and increases the survival rate.

Physical Therapy treatment post-breast cancer can:

  • Increase postural endurance
  • Improve function
  • Decrease risk of lymphedema
  • Increase aerobic activity
  • Improve shoulder range of motion
  • Aid in developing lifelong physical activity program

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Hear how Advanced PT has helped patients with a wide range of movement issues through one-on-one physical therapy.

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“The therapy I received addressed the problems that I was having and provided a set of exercises to continue at home.” – John P.

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My pain was very great when I started therapy. The staff was helped me work through the pain. I am thankful my balance has greatly improved and swelling and pain is almost gone completely. I’m thankful I can walk again. Very positive experience for me.    

five stars Carolyn Advanced PT Patient

When I came in for my first visit a few days after my surgery my knee bend was only 85º. Now at my last visit my bend is 115º! I am doing stairs almost normally, it is awesome! I am using my stationary bike at home just like I did before.    

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