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Preparing For Your Visit

 Lymphedema Therapy

Your First Visit

Your first visit to our clinic will be spent performing an evaluation, in which we will ask you several questions, including your goals and concerns. We will also assess your swelling, skin and wounds (if present), check range of motion, and watch you perform basic movements to help us get at the root cause of your problem.

Please be sure to think about the things you would like to accomplish in therapy before your evaluation. We have a history form for you to fill out at your first appointment, but you are welcome to stop by beforehand and pick up the form. If you need assistance filling out this form, you are welcome to bring a support person to assist or request help at our office. You have the right to be evaluated or speak with your therapist in a private area if you wish.

If you have been prescribed pain medications, you may consider taking them before your session or express your concerns to your therapist before your treatment starts. Please be sure to have a ride available if you are taking narcotic medications.

The waiting room is a shared area with other patients, hospital visitors and staff. Our expectation is that you will be seen promptly at your scheduled appointment time. If your therapist has not come out for you by 5 minutes after your scheduled treatment time, please inform the front desk staff. Initial evaluations range from 60-90 minutes and treatment sessions are typically 60-75 minutes long, but may vary based on your needs. If you have concerns about waiting in our shared waiting room, let us know ahead of time so we can find a private room or semi-private area for you to wait. We do ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your initial evaluation to fill out the necessary paperwork, or fill out this information at home and bring it with you to your first appointment. 

You will also need to bring your:

  • Picture ID
  • Insurance Card
  • Medication List (if you have one) to your first appointment.
  • If possible, it is also helpful to bring a family member, significant other, or friend to your first appointment to help remember what is talked about and help you with your home program. 

What To Wear

Please wear clothing that allows unrestricted movement, but is something you would typically wear at home as well. We will need to visualize the entire area that is experiencing swelling as well as the abdomen and chest in some cases. We have gowns available here if needed, but please wear clothing that allows as much access as possible.

  • If you use a cane, walker, brace, special shoes or other device, please bring it with you.
  • Please also bring any garments/bandages you have purchased and/or used in the past for management of this condition.
At follow-up appointments, please continue to wear comfortable clothing and bring any items requested by your therapist. You will be expected to perform exercises and other activities appropriate to your diagnosis between therapy sessions. These will be followed up on at each visit.