Lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema occurs when lymphatic fluid accumulates in tissue. With early diagnosis and proper care, like that found at Edward-Elmhurst Health, lymphedema can be prevented, managed or controlled.

What causes lymphedema?

Lymphedema can be present at birth, occur for various reasons later in life, or develop as a result of surgery, radiation, disease, infection or trauma.

Lymphedema often occurs in breast cancer patients who had all or part of their breast and underarm lymph nodes removed. Patients who have had surgery for uterine cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma or melanoma are also at higher risk of lymphedema.

Skilled lymphedema treatment

The rehabilitation team at Edward-Elmhurst Health includes physical and occupational therapists who specialize in lymphedema management. They use their training and experience to help prevent, diagnose and manage lymphedema, control pain and swelling, and prevent infection.

Complete decongestive therapy

Many lymphedema patients experience long-term benefit from complete decongestive therapy (CDT). CDT is a safe, reliable and non-invasive treatment that consists of four components:

  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • Graduated compression garments
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Skin care education

If you’re seeking lymphedema relief, we can help. Our specialists will provide you with one-on-one support and treatments tailored to your unique needs.