Good Samaritan Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center offers a specialized lymphedema program that provides specific assessment and treatment programs for individuals with lymphedema.
With either form of lymphedema, early treatment can reduce the risk of serious problems. The length of treatment depends upon the severity and duration of the lymphedema.
At Good Samaritan Hospital, we offer four components of treatment:
- Bandaging and compression
- Follows manual lympatic drainage and further reduces size of limb
- Once reduction has stabilized, a compression garment can be ordered to maintain limb size
- Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
- Gentle hands-on manual therapy technique which follows lymphatic pathways
- Allows limb to return to near normal size
- Remedial exercises
- Performed while limb is bandaged to aid in reduction of limb
- Skin hygiene - eliminate bacterial and fungal growth through:
- Daily bathing
- Careful and thorough drying between skin folds, fingers, and toes
- Use of low pH skin lotions
A physician referral is needed to receive this service.
Certified Lymphedema Physical Therapists
At Good Samaritan North Rehabilitation Department, we have certified lymphedema physical therapists who are adept in treating and caring for the unique needs of the patient with lymphedema.
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Content Updated: December 5, 2014