Lymphedema is the chronic swelling of an extremity or one part of the body due to a deficiency in the flow of lymph from the area due to:
- Surgical removal of lymph nodes such as during a mastectomy, prostate cancer, cervical or uterine cancer, colon or rectal cancer.
- Congenital defect with too few or impaired lymph nodes
- Destruction of extensive lymphatic pathways due to trauma, surgery or radiation
Symptoms of lymphedema include:
- Swelling in the arms, legs, face or trunk, which can range from minimal to extreme
- When pressing a finger to the swollen area, the indent lasts several seconds before returning to normal
- Tissue so hard that you can't indent it
- Rings, watches, sleeves, pants or shoes are beginning to fit tightly
Treatment for lymphedema includes exercise-specific therapy, medical compression bandaging and garments and/or manual therapy link to manual therapy. We offer outpatient treatment at our Mackinaw Road (Saginaw), Irving Street (Saginaw) and East Wilder (Bay City) outpatient centers. We require a physician's referral (prescription) to begin the process.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 989.583.6386.
Women - Lymphedema Therapy