Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic vessels are unable to adequately circulate lymph fluid, causing an accumulation of fluid in various body parts. Lymphedema can be either primary -- meaning that it can occur on its own -- or secondary, when it can be caused by another disease or condition. Secondary lymphedema is most often associated with cancer treatment processes such as lymph node dissection, surgery and radiation.
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is considered the gold standard of treatment for chronic lymphedema management. CDT involves a holistic approach to lymphedema care including bandaging and compression, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), exercise and chronic self-care of lymphedema.
At Eden Medical Center, our occupational therapists are certified in lymphedema treatment and work with individuals who are experiencing primary or secondary lymphedema. To be referred for lymphedema treatment at our Eden Outpatient Clinic, you will need a prescription for occupational therapy lymphedema management from your physician. Please contact your medical team to find out if lymphedema treatment is appropriate for you. You can contact us directly with any questions you may have about pursuing lymphedema treatment.