Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of fluid (edema) just below the skin. It most often occurs in the arm or leg, but can occur in other parts of the body as well.
People with lymphedema often have difficulty with everyday tasks due to the size of their limb. Symptoms including heaviness and tightness, heaviness and tightness resulting in limited mobility. Persistent lymphedema can lead to infections.
Physical therapists can help you get lymphedema under control and teach you how to manage the symptoms of lymphedema infections, and limited mobility can be treated with physical therapy.
While lymphedema is not a curable condition, it can be controlled and one can learn how to effectively manage it during daily life. Lymphedema physical therapy will help to reduce the size of the involved limb and the therapist will teach techniques to maintain improvements. Proper management will help reduce the chance of infection, improve wound healing time, and improve overall mobility. Treatment for lymphedema may include:
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