Lymphedema Therapy at Ohio Valley

Brandy, BS, PTA, LMT, CLT
Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Ohio Valley Physical Therapy offers a specialized Lymphedema Therapy Program provided by Certified Lymphedema Specialists.

Our services include:

  • Lymphedema treatment for swelling after breast cancer, prostate cancer or surgery, chronic venous insufficiency and infection
  • Pre-surgical education
  • Pre-surgical & post-surgical lymphedema monitoring and measuring
  • Certified in Complete Decongestive Therapy for all areas of the body. Complete Decongestive Therapy includes: Manual Lymph Drainage, Exercises and Skin Care
  • Compressive garment fitting and wrapping (licensed through Juzo)

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of fluid that causes swelling, most often in the arms or legs.

What Causes Lymphedema?

Lymphedema develops when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are missing, impaired, damaged or removed.

  • Surgery. Removal of or injury to lymph nodes and lymph vessels may result in lymphedema. For example, lymph nodes may be removed to check for the spread of breast cancer, and lymph nodes may be injured in surgery that involves blood vessels in your limbs.
  • Radiation treatment for cancer. Radiation can cause scarring and inflammation of your lymph nodes or lymph vessels.

What Are the Symptoms of Lymphedema?

It is important to be aware of early lymphedema symptoms, so you can start your treatment right away.

  • Swelling in the breast, chest, shoulder, arm or hand
  • Part of your body feeling full or heavy
  • Your skin texture changes, feels tight or hard or looks red
  • New aching, tingling, numbness or other discomfort
  • Less movement and flexibility in your shoulder, hand or wrist
  • Trouble fitting your arm into a jacket or shirt sleeve
  • Your bra doesn’t fit as well as it used to
  • Your ring, watch and/or bracelet feels tight…and you haven’t gained weight

Call your doctor if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.

How is Lymphedema Treated?

  • Complete Decongestive Therapy with a Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Compression Garment (sleeve or stocking)
  • Medication
  • Pneumatic Compression Pumps
  • Surgery

Lymphedema “Do’s and Don’ts”

  • Avoid any injuries to the skin
  • Avoid mosquito bites
  • Use caution with exercises
  • Avoid heat and hot showers or baths
  • Inform all health care providers involved in your care of any signs of lymphedema
  • Avoid traveling long distances
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Avoid taking blood pressure in the affected arm
  • Avoid injections in the affected arm
  • Proper nutrition, including: limiting sodium (salt), avoiding excess calories, maintaining an ideal body weight, staying properly hydrated and eating enough protein
  • Keep your skin meticulously clean and check frequently for cracks, rashes or infections

Ohio Valley Physical Therapy
140 West Main Street, Springfield, Ohio 45502
Located on the 3rd floor of the Ohio Valley Medical Building
Ph: 937-521-4960
Fax: 937-521-4961