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Everyday Is Better Without Pain or Swelling

Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often an extremity, caused by an abnormal accumulation of lymph (interstitial) fluid.

Lymphedema may be caused by an anomaly present at birth, but is more commonly due to surgery, trauma, or illnesses such as cancer.

While treatment can vastly improve symptoms, there is no permanent cure for this disease.

A trained therapist utilizes various techniques such as manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression bandaging, and remedial exercises to treat lymphedema.

The following are common causes of lymphedema:

  • Surgery for breast cancer, malignant melanoma, prostate and bladder cancer, lymphoma, hysterectomy for cancer, or radical groin dissection.
  • Trauma

How Does One Prevent Lymphedema?

  • Avoid temperature extremes (no hot tubs, no sunburns)
  • Avoid infections and injury
  • General consideration
  • Diet – excellent overall nutrition
  • Avoid alcohol and nicotine as much as possible
  • Avoid obesity
  • Meticulous cleanliness, including skin and nail care
  • Sleep with limb elevated or wrapped
  • Exercise – walking or swimming
  • Use hypoallergenic products
  • Seek treatment for slight changes in lymphedema
  • Treat infections vigorously
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Travel with limb elevated or wrapped

How is Lymphedema Treated?

Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual treatment, which improves the activity of the lymph system. MLD reroutes lymph flow around blocked areas into more centrally located, healthy lymph vessels which drain into the venous system.

Compression bandaging is the application of minimally elastic cotton bandages to increase the tissue pressure in the swollen extremity. Bandaging improves the efficiency of muscle and joint pumps, prevents the reaccumulation of evacuated lymph fluid, and helps break up accumulated scar and connective tissue.

Remedial exercises are performed with bandages or the support garment in place. These exercises are designed to improve lymph circulation through the muscle joint pump. Meticulous skin and nail care eliminates bacterial and fungal growth and reduces the chance of infection. Benefits of Lymphedema Treatment

  • Decrease risk/incidence of infection
  • Prevent progression of disease
  • Prevent connective and scar tissue formation in affected areas
  • Improve extremity function for increased ease with activities of daily living, work, and leisure
  • Improve self-esteem


Therapy Services
1200 Providence Rd
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-7937
Fax: 402-375-7956

Laurel Therapy Services
699 Cedar Ave
Laurel, NE 68745
Phone: 402-256-9551
Fax: 402-256-9564

Wakefield Therapy Services
308 Ash St
Wakefield, NE 68784
Phone: 402-287-1005
Fax: 402-287-1119