Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT) can provide therapy that includes but is not limited to Preventative Therapy, Complete Decongestive Therapy (which includes manual lymphatic drainage and compression bandaging, education of skincare/infection prevention, along with a personalized exercise plan) and Post Mastectomy Therapy to name a few.
In the early stages, a therapist can intervene to help with the prevention of lymphedema. However, if lymphedema does occur our therapists work to prevent swelling, it often can be managed by techniques that encourage lymph flow such as:
At ESSMC our therapists will serve as important members of your health care team. They will work closely with you to design a treatment program to help control the swelling and meet your goals for returning to your activities.
For more severe swelling, your therapist may use a treatment plan called complete decongestive therapy (CDT) to help reduce swelling and provide relief. This includes:
Your ESSMC therapist will carefully monitor the size of your affected limb throughout your treatment sessions. Once the size of your swollen area has decreased to the desired measurements, our therapist will then help you begin to take over your own care and will:
After a mastectomy or lumpectomy, patients may experience tightness around the surgical site. The result can be scar adhesion, swelling, and axillary cording which are painful and can restrict range of motion and lead to pain and loss of function.
People very commonly develop musculoskeletal issues following a mastectomy and reconstruction because it causes considerable disruption to your body’s natural muscle tissue. However, post-mastectomy therapy can play a vital role in reducing this risk.
Our therapists can meet with you before your surgery and continue to treat you while undergoing chemo and radiation treatment as well.
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