Lymphedema is a protein-rich swelling in the superficial tissues of the body. This condition most commonly occurs in the arms and legs, but can also accumulate in the face, neck, abdomen and genitalia.
There are two types of Lymphedema:
- Primary Lymphedema caused by birth defects involving the lymphatic system can occur in either childhood or adulthood
- Secondary Lymphedema caused by surgery, radiation treatment, infection or trauma
If left untreated, Lymphedema can progress through three stages:
- Reversible-minimal swelling
- Spontaneously Irreversible-moderate swelling with hardening of fluids
- Elephantiasis-severe swelling with possible infections weeping and wounds
If you suffer from Lymphedema, you need to know that there is hope. Through a two-phase treatment program, quality of life can be restored.
Thompson's professionals are dedicated to providing excellent service to all patients. Therapists have been educated in Complete Decongestive Therapy and have achieved certification through intense training.
You will need a referral from your physician for an evaluation and/or treatment.
Thompson Health offers Lymphedema Therapy by Occupational Therapists in the Rehabilitation Services Department