Lymphedema

We have three certified lymphedema therapists treating lymphedema and other swelling and cancer related issues at all three Core Rehabilitation locations. We specialize in complete decongestive therapy (CDT) including manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression bandaging and garments, and decongestive exercise.

Lymphedema: Also known as lymphatic obstruction, is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system, which normally returns interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then the bloodstream. The condition can be inherited or can be caused by a birth defect, though it is frequently caused by cancer treatments, and by parasitic infections. Though incurable and progressive, a number of treatments can ameliorate symptoms. Tissues with lymphedema are at high risk of infection. If not treated or managed correctly, lymphedema will worsen and can cause major disfigurement, infection and inability to walk or use effected extremity.