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  • Lymphedema


    Lymphedema is a persistent swelling of the arm or leg.

    It may occur after mastectomy, when lymph nodes are damaged or removed, following infection or scar formation which blocks the lymphatic fluid flow.

    Lymphedema may occur weeks, months or years after the initial injury, trauma or surgery.

    Postural and therapeutic exercise, massage, custom-made compression bandaging and compression garments are among the treatment choices.

  • Possible Treatments

  • Possible Treatment Goals

    • Improve Function
    • Decrease Postoperative Complications
    • Improve Range of Motion
    • Improve Relaxation
    • Self-care of Symptoms
    • Improve Tolerance for Prolonged Activities
    • Improve Wound Healing
  • Additional Resources


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