What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema affects 1 in 1,000 Americans with 1 in 5 being women who survive cancer treatment.
Lymphedema occurs when fluids accumulate in the tissues because the lymphatic system is not working correctly. Protein-rich lymph fluid accumulates in the space between the skin and muscle fascia and results in swelling. This fluid is rich in proteins and fat cells and as a result, can put a person at risk for infection.
Lymphedema can occur for numerous reasons. It can also be the result of surgical procedures and radiation treatments. Lymphedema cannot be “cured” and requires ongoing management. It is critical to find a therapist who understands the complexities of lymphedema and who can partner with you for long-term management of your condition.
Lymphedema care you can count on
CMC Rehabilitation Services has certified lymphedema therapists who are trained in complete decongestive therapy which includes a combination of manual lymph drainage, skin care, compression bandaging, and exercises to reduce lymphedema-related swelling. If you feel you could benefit from these services, speak with your physician for a referral or call 843-347-8066 for further information.
What is complete decongestive therapy?
Complete decongestive therapy is the most effective way to treat lymphedema and includes four components: skin care; manual lymph drainage – a light massage that stimulates the lymphatic system and results in increased fluid uptake; compression – external pressure on the tissues through compression wraps or garments; and exercise. Applied correctly by a skilled lymphedema therapist, this therapy has excellent long-term results in both primary and secondary lymphedema.
How do you get in to see a lymphedema therapist?
Doctor’s can send a referral via hard copy, fax, or through Cerner referral system to CMC Rehabilitation Services:
Fax number (843)234-5114