The Lymphedema Therapy program at BSA Outpatient Therapy Services helps people who are experiencing abnormal swelling of a body part (including but not limited to neck, arm, leg, breast, abdomen) caused by an excessive build up of lymph fluid. Our Klose-Norton trained, certified lymphedema specialists use a noninvasive program known as Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to treat lymphedema.
Lymphedema is a chronic health condition resulting in an accumulation of protein-rich lymphatic fluid that occurs most commonly after surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. Other causes of lymphedema include infection, obesity, venous insufficiency, trauma, as well as recovery from joint replacement and other surgeries.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is one of the most important methods of physical decongestion therapy. Special massage techniques are used to increase lymph transport. The combination of MLD with subsequent compression therapy, bandaging, then the wearing of medical grade compression garments, lead to the best outcome possible and therefore reduce edema.
Once you are diagnosed with lymphedema, a written prescription from your doctor will be required. Some insurance companies do require pre-authorization to evaluate and treat your condition. The staff will be happy to work with you, your family and your physician to develop a comprehensive and customized plan of care.