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Lymphedema and Edema Management

Edema is a swelling caused by fluid building up in the tissues. Lym­phedema is a type of edema in a limb or body part caused by a compro­mised lymphatic system. It doesn’t go away on its own, unlike short-term swelling caused by an injury.

Providence St. Mary Rehabilitation has staff members trained and certified in the management of edema and lymphedema. Managing the condition is very important in order to keep the affected limb or body part as close to its normal size as pos­sible. This protects the integrity of the skin, reduces discomfort and re­duces the risk of possible side effects. Side effects can include cellulitis, wounds, hardening of the tissue and worsening of symptoms.

Our edema and lymphedema program includes:

  • Education to teach you have to manage your condition at home
  • Manual Lymph Mobilization, a specialized massage technique
  • Kinesio taping, a special taping technique that may be used to help move lymphatic fluid or decrease scar tissue
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Compression wrapping
  • Wound care, if needed