Lymphedema Homestead, FL

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system. At Libre Physical Therapy our specialty-trained healthcare professionals are devoted to treating lymphedema with Hands-on, one-on-one, 60-75 min treatments in comfortable private treatment rooms.

Treatment for Lymphedema

  • Complete Decongestive Therapy consists of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and compression bandaging, MLD, soft tissue mobilization, scar mobilization
  • Compression bandaging and garments
  • Therapeutic exercises, including range of motion, stretching and strengthening
  • Patient education to maintain decreased edema, posture re-education, body mechanics, skin care

Complete decongestive therapy may help if you’re experiencing the following:

  • discomfort or pain in affected limb
  • feeling of fullness in the limb
  • tight-feeling skin
  • decreased flexibility in the affected joint
  • difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area
  • ring, bracelet, wristwatch, shoe or sock tightness
  • fatigue
  • breast pain
  • infertility
  • painful periods
  • constipation/IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Lipedema
  • Post-traumatic Edema
  • Post-surgical Edema
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cyclic-Idiopathic Edema
  • Inflammatory Rheumatism
  • Migraine Headache
  • Sinus Headache
  • Scleroderma
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Toxicity
  • Relaxation

Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage

  • Relaxation, analgesic, diuretic
  • Increased performance of lymphatic system
  • Increased lymph production
  • Re-routes fluid from congested area
  • Soften Connective Tissue

Follow-up to Manual Lymph Drainage

  • Compression garment fitting and wear following lymphatic drainage
  • Skin care
  • Exercise to improve cardiovascular health and help decrease swelling in some cases
  • Patient education (instruction in proper diet to decrease fluid retention and how to avoid injury and infection)

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) Goals

  • Increased range of motion/flexibility
  • Decreased swelling
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased strength
  • Restore function and improve quality of life
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