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Lymphedema is a serious condition that results in abnormal swelling of the limbs. Lymphedema can be caused by cancer, radiation therapy, trauma, surgery, chronic skin infections, chronic venous insufficiency and congenital abnormalities.
Certified Lymphedema Therapists at Martha Jefferson provide treatment to reduce and manage this condition. Treatment consists of manual lymphatic drainage, application of compression bandages, massage, good skin care, wound care, patient education and exercise.
Martha Jefferson has had a lymphedema program for many years and provides the most cutting edge treatment. Our therapists have a combined 17 years of experience and have all received advanced training.
The primary treatment goals are edema and pain management and maximizing functional abilities.
The program involves a brief but intense hands-on therapy regimen with a strong emphasis on a home program and training to maintain the goals and success of the treatment regime.