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Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often the extremities. It may also occur in the face, the trunk, the abdomen or the genital area. Lymphedema is the result of an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the superficial tissues, which can have significant pathological and clinical consequences for the patient if left untreated. Once present, this chronic and progressive condition will not disappear by itself. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) can help. CDP works to reduce the swelling and to maintain the reduction. Treatment consists of two phases and the following combined modalities: Manual Lymph Drainage, Compression, Exercises, and Skin Care. A licensed Physical Therapist trained in Lymphedema Therapy conducts this type of treatment. Click here to learn more about Lymphedema Therapy.