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United Physical Therapy is proud to offer Lymphedema physical therapy at our West and Ascension locations.

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Physical therapy plays a critical role in the management of lymphedema. Certified lymphedema therapists can implement a specialized treatment approach known as Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT is a comprehensive program that combines manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), compression therapy, exercises, and skin care. MLD is a gentle massage technique that helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and encourage the flow of lymphatic fluid out of the affected limb. Compression therapy, through the use of bandages or garments, helps to reduce swelling and prevent the accumulation of lymphatic fluid.

Exercises, particularly those that are low-impact and tailored to the individual's condition, can further promote lymphatic drainage and improve limb function. Skin care is also essential, as individuals with lymphedema are at an increased risk for infections due to the compromised condition of the skin. Physical therapists can educate patients on proper skin care techniques and the signs of infection to watch for.

Visiting a physical therapist for lymphedema is beneficial because they can provide a personalized treatment plan that addresses the unique needs and challenges of each patient. Early intervention is key to managing the condition effectively and preventing complications. Physical therapists can monitor the progression of lymphedema and adjust treatment as necessary. They also serve as valuable resources for patient education, teaching individuals how to manage their condition at home and maintain improvements achieved through therapy.

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