What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is the accumulation of excessive fluid in the body in particular your arms or legs, usually as a result of some cancers, (notably breast cancer) and their treatment. Lymphedema occurs when there is more fluid in your lymphatic system than can be moved naturally. This excess fluid collects in affected arm or leg tissues. Left untreated, this protein-rich liquid causes your lymphatic system’s channels to grow larger. It also reduces the flow of oxygen to tissues, which affects the healing of wounds and may lead to infection. Lymphedema can affect both men and women.
Symptoms of Lymphedema
- Swelling of your hand, arm or leg
- Skin changes in your affected limb, such as pain in the shoulder, arm, or leg caused by the limited range of motion to swelling
- Limited ability to care for yourself due to swollen limbs
Our program focuses on treatment and prevention of recurrence. It generally consists of daily sessions, including:
- Complex decongestive therapy and treatment
- Treatment for either acute or chronic conditions
- Patient education focused on wrapping techniques, massage, and hygiene of impacted limb(s), therapeutic and remedial exercises
- Self-management of your condition
These services are provided by a certified lymphedema therapist from the Center for Physical Rehabilitation at the Auburn Campus.
How Can I Get an Appointment?
Call the Center for Physical Rehabilitation at (207) 753-3070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.