We are experienced in providing comprehensive care to reduce swelling, help to heal wounds, and lessen the pain and discomfort that you are experiencing. For many, this may be something that has been chronic and has not gone away for many years. You may have had repeated infections and skin damage. Swelling in the legs or an arm may have become so severe that your clothing or shoes no longer fit comfortably. For some, the new symptoms of swelling and discomfort may be preventing you from doing your normal activities.
Over the years, we have seen and treated many people like you and understand what you are going through and know the impact that lymphedema has on your quality of life. We are skilled in both listening and treating to help you reduce and manage your symptoms in a way that fits in with your lifestyle. We treat you as we would want to be treated, providing options that we would want to be offered, so that you can remain independent and in control of your condition. While there are some people that do not need ongoing treatment, there are many that do. We pride ourselves on being that reliable resource long term- to answer questions, to educate on new options, to help get swelling back under control, or even just to order new compression garments and give a clean “bill of health.” We look to be that one source that you need.
We specialize in the treatment of swelling resulting from:
- Cancer treatments (after surgery, radiation, chemotherapy)
- Vein problems, poor circulation, or blood clots
- Swelling since birth
- Orthopedic issues or after joint replacements
- Repeated infections (cellulitis) or wounds
- Traumatic injury (motor vehicle accident, crush injuries)
- Neurological conditions (stroke, ALS)
- Liposuction and cosmetic procedures
For more information about the various types of lymphedema and their causes, click here.
We also treat:
- Scar adhesions and soft tissue restrictions that prevent the skin from moving freely
- Decreased range of motion
- Decreased ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
- Wounds in the presence of lymphedema/swelling
- Axillary Web Syndrome/cording (“string/rope-like” tissue that restricts movement) following breast surgery
OUR PROGRAM and SERVICES
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
Complete Decongestive Therapy, or CDT, is considered the gold standard for the treatment of lymphedema and chronic swelling. At CompreCare Lymphatics, we are certified in CDT and have received advanced training in other areas in order to provide the best care. CDT includes manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, skin and nail care, and therapeutic exercise. To learn more about the benefits of CDT at our clinic, click here.
Pre-and Post-Operative AssessmentS
Research on lymphedema suggests that breast cancer patients will likely develop lymphedema in the initial two to three years post-operatively, but a later onset is still possible for all patients that have had several nodes removed. Pre-operative assessments have become the standard of care to help reduce the risk of developing chronic swelling. Before surgery, baseline measurements are taken and you are provided a high-level education session to be able to identify signs, symptoms, and risk factors of lymphedema. After surgery and ongoing, we serve as a resource to empower you to take an active role in your recovery and self-care. To learn more about the benefits of early education and intervention, click here.
Myofascial Decompression Therapy (MDT)
Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that may be used to gently stretch the skin, loosen adhesions, and improve blood and lymph flow to body tissues. MDT involves the use of plastic cups that are gently suctioned to the body, and are ideal for individuals with adhesions or restrictions, poor circulation, decreased mobility, or difficulties with healing.
Kinesiotaping for Lymphedema
Kinesio tape or elastic tape works to decrease swelling and lymphedema by increasing lymphatic fluid flow and enhance fluid exchange between tissue layers, thus decreasing swelling. The tape gently lifts the skin and creates channels moving fluid from congested areas to more superficial, clear pathways.
Soft Tissue Mobilization/Scar Management
Gentle techniques and education on self-care are provided to minimize or prevent adhesions following surgery, injury, or radiation, and promote lymph drainage around these areas.
Vasopneumatic Device (Compression Pump) Therapy
Compression pumps assist in moving fluid back into the veins as well as lymph system. They may be used in clinic to help reduce swelling and soften skin in conjunction with traditional CDT. Our therapists can also help to arrange for patients to get pumps ordered and covered through their insurance for home use, if needed.