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Lymphedema Care

Lymphedema is swelling in the arms or legs due to a disruption of lymph fluid flow through the lymphatic system.

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Lymphedema is swelling in the arms or legs due to a disruption of lymph fluid flow through the lymphatic system. This disruption causes fluid to accumulate under the skin. The most common cause of lymphedema is the removal of lymph nodes. It also can be caused by an obstruction that blocks lymph fluid movement. About one in five women who are living with or beyond breast cancer and who have had the lymph nodes in their underarm removed during breast cancer treatment will develop lymphedema. Lymphedema generally develops three months to 20 years after cancer treatment. Identifying and treating lymphedema early helps to ensure more rapid and improved outcomes. Still, treatment provided later during the chronic stages of the disease can help. Physical therapists work closely with you and other members of your health care team to help control swelling caused by lymphedema and meet your goals for returning to your activities.

Our physical therapists are movement experts. They improve quality of life through hands-on care, education, and prescribed movement. Contact us for a physical therapist evaluation!

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