There are two types of Lymphedemas, primary & secondary.
Lymphedema develops when lymph vessels are unable to transport lymph fluid back into circulation resulting in swelling. Primary Lymphedema is caused by malfunctions in the lymph system. Secondary is a result of damage to the lymph system. Those at risk for secondary lymphedema are people who have had mastectomies, lumpectomies, radiation treatment, lymph node removal, surgeries, infections or trauma to the limbs. Lymphedema could develop within a few months after a procedure, years later or may not develop at all. Since there is no cure for lymphedema, the goal of treatment is to reduce the swelling and to maintain the reduction. Lymphedema treatment consists of four primary components: Manual lymph drainage by a specially trained therapist; graduated compression garments; therapeutic exercise; meticulous skin care.
Stacey Hicks PT, CLT, LANA and Robyn Baker OTR, CLT are both certified in complete decongestive therapy, the gold standard of treatments for Lymphedema.