Lymphedema / Chronic Swelling ?
Patients with edema should be seen early to prevent worsening of condition. We offer appointments within a few days of referral. Melinda Halford, PT, CLT, Cert. MDT is a certified Lymphedema Therapist with post graduate education / certification training in Lymphedema therapy.
What is Lymphedema? Lymphedema is a type of chronic swelling caused by overload of the lymphatic system; sometimes occurring after surgery, but anyone with swelling can benefit from Lymphedema treatment.
Causes of chronic swelling:
- Surgical removal of lymph nodes or damage to the lymph system from radiation.
- Injury to the lymph system from surgery or an accident.
- Unmanaged vein problems that eventually cause secondary damage to the lymph system.
- Blood clots
- Lymphedema may also occur at birth from malformation of the lymphatic system and may not display symptoms until later in life.
Our Lymphedema Therapist will work closely with your physician and other medical professionals to meet your comprehensive needs. Therapists also work closely with certified vendors to help prescribe appropriate compression garments for life long management.
Swelling from Injury / Surgery: Remember that lymphedema therapy may also help you with temporary or chronic swelling from illness, injury or surgery.