SRMC Lymphedema Therapy would provide an in-depth, thorough evaluation of the affected area with the goals to establish complete decongestion through manual lymphatic drainage, lymphedema bandaging, exercise, skin and nail care, and instructions in self-care. Additionally, an emphasis is placed on patient education and long-term management to improve appearance, increase function, and prevent further progression of the swelling.
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the interstitium which causes chronic inflammation, reactive fibrosis, and varying amounts of adipose tissue proliferation of the affected area. It presents itself in both women and men, in upper and lower extremities, and can occur following surgeries, trauma, disease, or radiation therapy. Occasionally it is due to congenital absence or malformation of the lymphatic system. Common subjective complaints include heaviness, stiffness, tightness, or fullness. Lymphedema may also be associated or combined with other diseases including obesity, massive localized lymphedematous lobules, lipo-lymphedema, chronic venous insufficiency, post-surgical and post-traumatic edema.
Bryanne Schmitt, MOT, OTR/L, CLT
Certified Lymphedema Therapist