Lymphatic diseases routinely go undiagnosed and untreated. If you have had damage to the lymph nodes and lymphatic system from surgery or radiation, you are at risk of developing lymphedema. Lymphedema is considered a progressive disease, however treatments are available to provide well-controlled long-term management.
Classic symptoms of early stage acquired lymphedema include:
- One part of the body with symptoms. This will often be a limb, such as an arm after mastectomy or a leg after pelvic surgery.
- A gradual onset of swelling. Rings, bracelets, shoes, socks or elastic clothing feel tighter than previously and consistently leave indentations.
- Heaviness, achiness and skin tension in the affected area.
- Reduction of swelling by elevating the body part.
As the disease progresses, swelling is minimally reduced with elevation. The tissue volume increase is now largely due to fibrosis and fatty changes. The body part progressively becomes larger and skin changes occur. The feelings of heaviness, aching and skin tension intensify and the risk of infection increases.
Beginning December 1st, Physiotherapy Laurie Ottenbreit will begin taking patients and providing treatment for Lymphedema at Pure Body Balance.
Physiotherapist Providing Lymphedema Treatment
- Laurie OttenbreitPhysiotherapist