What is Lymphedema?
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels
Lymphedema most often occurs in the arm or leg, but can also occur in the face, neck, abdomen, or genitals
Primary lymphedema is the result of missing or impaired lymphatic vessels; symptoms may develop at birth or later in life
Secondary lymphedema, a much more common type, is a result of lymph vessel damage or lymph node removal during surgery or radiation therapy.
It may also occur after injury, scarring, trauma, or infection of the lymphatic system.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
Short stretch bandages are used to prevent the re-accumulation of evacuated lymph fluid and to break up deposits
·Evaluation by a therapist includes:
·Complete medical history
·Sensory evaluation & Pain assessment
·Range of motion and muscle testing
·Daily living and work requirements
Exercise, Skin Care, and Infection Prevention
Clients may be taught a series of low breathing exercises to stimulate lymphatic return. Training on skin care, infection recognition and response is also included.
Home Maintenance Instruction
Clients are instructed in self-bandaging, compression garments, and self-MLD for the maintenance phase of therapy. Clients are assisted in the purchase, care, and replacement of an appropriate compression garment.
The therapists at FCMC are highly trained, certified professionals in lymphedema management. We look forward to demonstrating our care,
Other Diagnosis that can benefit from CDT:
·Chronic venous insufficiency
Fulton County Medical Center Rehabilitation Services
214 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg, Pa 17233
Phone: 717-485-6108 / Fax: 717-485-6327