West Jeff Rehab Lymphedema Management & Education

Learn how to keep symptoms under control

They lymphatic system is comprised of lymph vessels that collect excess fluid and waste from the body’s tissues. This waste is deposited in the lymph nodes where the immune system can fight infectious cells. When this lymph system is unable to remove this waste fluid, it accumulates in the tissue and causes swelling. This is referred to as lymphedema.

Lymphedema can make it difficult to move the affected limb and cause aches and pains. The swelling can also be very noticeable, making many people feel self-conscious. There is not yet a cure for lymphedema, but there are treatments that can help you manage the symptoms. This is the goal of our lymphedema management and education program.

About the program

West Jefferson Rehab Connection pioneered its lymphedema management and education program in 2004. Our lymphedema therapists are skilled in multiple techniques in managing this long-term disease, which is characterized by the swelling of tissues. The core of the program includes manual lymph drainage, compression therapy, decongestive exercises, and education regarding skin care.

Goals of the program are to move stagnant lymph fluid out of tissues to reduce edema, control/maintain reduction, soften fibrotic tissues, educate on independent management of symptoms, improve general health and enhance quality of life.

Other conditions that may benefit from this program include:

  • Chronic venous insufficiencies
  • Post-surgical swelling
  • Post-traumatic swelling
  • Amputee stump edema
  • Chronic swelling
  • Lipidema

Call 504.349.6140 to learn more about the lymphedema management program or to make a referral.