Lymphedema-Edema

Effective, Compassionate Treatment for Lymphedema,
Edema and and Other Swelling-Related Problems

The Lymphedema Center (TLC) provides effective and compassionate treatment for people affected by lymphedema and other swelling-related problems in metropolitan Milwaukee and elswhere in Wisconsin. Our holistic approach focuses not only on reducing pain and swelling but also on restoring function.

Lymphedema and most other swelling disorders can be controlled. With early identification and proper intervention, the condition can be treated, allowing individuals to lead a full and normal life. Click here to read more about the types and causes of lymphedema.

Kim Ebinger, PT - Director of Specialty Services

The Lymphedema Center's Treatment Approach

Before you are treated, you will be evaluated to determine your proper, individualized course of treatment. Evaluation includes education regarding the precautions and steps you can take right away to get your swelling under control.

Treatment Options Include:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage – Gentle massage which encourages the movement of fluid out of the tissues
  • Medical compression bandaging – This facilitates lymph flow and prevents refilling of the limb between treatment sessions
  • Sequential pumping – Gently moves fluid from a limb into the circulatory system
  • Therapeutic exercise – An essential part of any treatment plan, muscle contraction is the best pump
  • Patient education – Our goal is to help you manage your swelling, beginning with your first visit; skin care, self massage, exercise and precautions may be addressed.
  • Optimal ergonomic assessment – The home or workplace is assessed to determine potential adaptations necessary to reduce the aggravation of lymphedema.

Individual training and support is provided by licensed occupational and physical therapists that specialize in lymphedema treatment.

Edema Treatment

HealthReach Rehabilitation Services also treats patients with edema — swelling due to an increase in tissue fluid.

Edema may be exhibited by lower extremity swelling that increases during the day or by localized swelling around a joint or muscle — swelling that does not go away within a few days.

Causes of edema include:

  • Venous insufficiency, or malfunctioning valves in the veins
  • Extremity ulcers, chronic swelling that can cause wounds and prevent tissue healing
  • Injury and post-operative conditions, a normal response that causes pain and impairs function if it does not subside
  • Varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis, a condition that occurs after surgery or prolonged bed rest

Treatment for venous edema is similar to that for lymphedema, however, additional elements may be included depending on the nature and source of the swelling.

The Lymphedema Center is a division of HealthReach Rehabilitation Services.

 

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