Did you know that Lymphedema effects an estimated 3-5 million Americans – more than ALS, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Parkinson’s Disease combined? Learn more about this condition and how we can treat it from Samantha Huebner, Physical Therapist and Lymphedema Specialist out of our Westbrook clinic.
Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs, most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. Sometimes both arms or both legs will swell.
Lymphedema occurs when there is a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling that can be uncomfortable or painful.
There’s no cure for lymphedema, but it can be managed with diagnosis, proper equipment and physical therapy.