Lymphedema Therapy Rehabilitation Boulder
North Boulder Physical Therapy Sports Rehabilitation
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is the excessive and abnormal swelling IN THE BODY that consists of PROTEIN RICH FLUIDS. The swelling is most often in the arms or legs. It can occur as a result of surgery, lymph node damage, trauma, infection, malignancy, scar tissue, deep vein clotting, and cancer treatment. Due to any of the aforementioned there, is a blockage that changes the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system. It is the goal of manual lymphatic drainage to restore the flow.
What can I expect with treatment?
- First you will have an evaluation by our lymphedema specialists who ARE LISCENSED Physical Therapists.
- Treatment will consist of MLD, exercise, and compression bandaging or stockings, as necessary.
- THE THERAPIST will INSTRUCT you in SELF CARE by teaching you what you need to do at home.
- If needed, she will arrange with your insurance PROVIDER to pay for a home compression pump. This is almost always a covered benefit and very effective for home care for as long as it is needed. (www.biocompression.com)
5 Steps of Treatment
- MLD is a gentle massage therapy in which the skin is moved based on the structure of the underlying lymphatic system.
- Compression bandaging (NO CAPS FOR BANDAGING)assists the pumping action of the muscular system, decreases fluid accumulation after manual lymphatic drainage, and breaks down fibrotic tissues. You will learn to do self bandaging if needed.
- Exercise improves the muscle pumping activity which increases the movement of lymphatic fluid.
- Skin and nail care is important to prevent infection.
- Self care instruction keeps the lymphedema under control by involving you in skin care, self bandaging, exercise, use of a home pump or self manual lymphatic drainage.
For lymphedema post mastectomy we have a specialist PT Martina Hauptmann. You can schedule with her by calling 303-413-9903.
For post operative lymphedema for the arms, legs or feet, you can schedule with Denise Baugh, PT or Debra Layne, PT