If you go through Complete Decongestive Therapy or CDT, this is a typical program that will be modified to fit your unique situation.
Successful treatment of lymphedema requires commitment and dedication of both the patient and therapist to the therapy program. Please understand that this program is not a cure but treatment to help you control your swelling and set you up on a maintenance program. The patient will be responsible for keeping their condition under control for the rest of their life. Reduction of edema not only improves the quality of life, but also decreases the incidence of severe other complications like infections. When you are treated at CARES Health Services, you and/ or your family have to actively participate while your are in treatment and after.
Although insurance companies cover PT/OT services according to the plans policy, compression bandages and garments are usually not covered. Compression is an essential part of your treatment and getting the right kind of compression is vital. It will, however, be an out of pocket expense.
We have been treating lymphedema and other swelling at CARES since 2005 (as well as years before CARES opened). Read below if you want to know how we treat it...BUT... don't let that overwhelm you. If you fit into one of the categories above, make an appointment to come in and see us. We let you know on the first visit what your individual program will include.
How do I know if I have Lymphedema?
If you have Chronic Edema or swelling that will not go way and medicine no longer controls it or you would like to try to reduce your medicine.
If your swelling has started to harden, your arms or legs feel bulky, heavy, uncomfortable and/or have developed a cosmetic deformity.
If you have a wound that is not healing well and/or repeated episodes of infections, such as cellulitis, associated with the swelling.
You have been swelling your whole life. Occasionally a person may be born with Lymphedema, or have it for no known reason.
If you have swelling and have had any of the following, you might have Lymphedema:
All of our treating therapists have had advanced training in the treatment of Lymphedema and have been certified to provide Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT is the most effective and least invasive approach recommended by physicians for the treatment of Lymphedema.
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