1. What are signs and symptoms of lymphedema?
2. Where are the networks of lymphatic systems located in my body?
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3. What causes lymphedema?
4. If I am at high risk for lymphedema, what can I do to lower my risk?
5. If I am diagnosed with lymphedema, what should I be aware of?
6. How is lymphedema treated?
Initially you will be referred to a physical therapist to be evaluated for the condition. Your therapists will develop a plan especially for you, which may include massage, exercise, manual pumping and wraps. Lymphedema is normally maintained by the usage of compression garments to help reduce swelling, and stretching exercises to help gain back mobility of the limb.
7. How can the Image Recovery Centers® help with my lymphedema?
Your physical therapist will refer you to be fitted for your compression garment and a certified staff member at the Image Recovery Centers® will measure you. Well-fitted compression garments can help with the discomfort and swelling caused by lymphedema. You will receive your garment and be followed at intervals of 3 to 6 months for replacement garments.
8. How long does lymphedema last?
Lymphedema (lim-fa-dee-ma) is a lifelong condition caused by a buildup of lymph fluid in the tissues, leading to swelling (edema), pain, discomfort and the risk of infection. There is no cure for lymphedema at this time, but when diagnosed and treated early, it can be managed and you can prevent more serious problems.