Lymphedema is a progressive condition that involves swelling in the body due to a blockage in the lymphatic system, which often occurs when lymph nodes are removed or damaged through surgery and/or cancer treatments. Lymphedema can be diagnosed through a variety of clinical tests, some of which include MRI, CT scan, and Doppler ultrasound to help determine the area of blockage.
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for Lymphedema
While there is no cure for lymphedema, Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is considered the gold standard for treating lymphedema and reducing any resulting swelling and possible infection. CDT treatments can include targeted exercise, manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, skin care, and lymphedema-specific education to help provide patients with the necessary tools to properly manage this chronic condition.
At HealthBridge Arlington Heights, we offer aggressive CDT through a highly skilled team of physical and occupational therapists with targeted training and certifications in CDT programs. Our team has successfully treated countless patients suffering with lymphedema. Our goal is to facilitate a safe discharge and provide our patients the necessary resources to continue to appropriately manage this condition once beyond our walls.