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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 therapists are 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:
We are credentialed to fit custom compression garments for many different brands to meet your needs. We are also able to assist you in garment selection, both custom and over-the-counter, as well as daytime and nighttime use.