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If you are experiencing swelling in your arm, leg or other body parts and have reason to believe it may be lymphedema, we have specially trained therapists who can help.
Lymphedema is the accumulation of protein rich fluid or swelling of a body part, most often affecting the arm or the leg. Once present, this chronic condition continues to progress compromising physical functioning, loss of ability to work or engage in social activities, embarrassment due to disfigurement.
Primary lymphedema is caused by congenital malformation of the lymphatic system and primarily affects the lower legs. Secondary lymphedema is more common and often the result of surgery or cancer treatment.
In the early stages, swelling of the affected area may be temporarily reduced by simple elevation of the limb. This condition will progress to increased swelling of the affected limb if left untreated. Hardening of the tissues may occur. Fungal infection, weeping of fluid from the leg, and an increase in limb size are all symptoms of lymphedema.
Lymphedema can be treated by a certified Lymphedema therapist. The treatment program uses a four step process referred to as Complete Decongestive Therapy for the control of lymphedema:
Lymphedema therapists instruct the patient in home exercise, diaphragmatic breathing, self MLD and self-bandaging. At the end of treatment, the patient may be referred for a compression garment.
For more information on BIR’s Outpatient Lymphedmea Program, please call the Mesquite clinic at 972.698.1140 or the Frisco clinic at 972.712.2669.
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