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Lymphedema

Lymphedema is an abnormal build-up of fluid that can occur in any part of the body. Lymphedema may result from cancer and associated treatments, post-surgery or trauma, adipose tissue disorders, or as a result of genetic predisposition. Most commonly, lymphedema presents as swelling in the arms or legs, but it can appear in the face, neck, trunk, and abdominal regions. It can also emerge with venous insufficiency, which is a common cause of leg swelling.

There is no cure for lymphedema, however, early intervention and management techniques help patients to lead normal lives. Left untreated, lymphedema can lead to infections, numbness, inability to move joints, hardening of connective tissue and pain.

At Excel Physical Therapy, our specially trained physical therapists will work with you and your physician to determine the cause of your swelling. Our specialists are CLT-LANA certified to develop an individualized treatment plan to reduce the volume of fluid, and improve skin appearance. Treatment typically includes manual lymphatic drainage, multilayer compression bandaging, exercises, compression garment measuring and fitting, and extensive patient education.

Benefits of the Excel Physical Therapy Lymphedema Treatment Program include:

  • Slowed progression of the disease
  • Reduced likelihood of infections in the extremity affected by lymphedema
  • Decreased limb size and swelling
  • Perceived feelings by patients of less heaviness, tightness, achiness, and early fatigue
  • Avoid re-accumulation of lymph fluid
  • Maintain normal or near normal size of limbs

We offer the Lymphedema Treatment Program at Excel Physical Therapy in Blue Bell and Lafayette Hill. Our physical therapists are available in the event that you have questions or a need for consult. We encourage you to contact either location to learn more.

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What Is a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists are health care professionals who help individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and functioning, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life. Their services prevent, minimize, or eliminate impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Physical therapists receive intensive doctoral education in anatomy, physiology, pathology and rehabilitation. They are graduates of accredited university programs and licensed by the state.

What to Expect at Your Physical Therapy Sessions?

During your Initial Evaluation, our therapist spends a full hour interviewing you, testing and examining your condition, establishing goals with you, and developing an individualized treatment plan. Excel PTs take time to provide patient education around your condition and what to expect during the recovery process.

Subsequent treatment sessions are designed to systematically fix your injury, movement disorder, or pain. Once mobility is improved, then exercises are used to improve strength, balance and function. Injured athletes looking to return to sport often perform sport-specific training under the supervision of the therapist.

What Makes Excel Physical Therapy Different?

During your Initial Evaluation, our therapist spends a full hour interviewing you, testing and examining your condition, establishing goals with you, and developing an individualized treatment plan. Excel PTs take time to provide patient education around your condition and what to expect during the recovery process.

Subsequent treatment sessions are designed to systematically fix your injury, movement disorder, or pain. Once mobility is improved, then exercises are used to improve strength, balance and function. Injured athletes looking to return to sport often perform sport-specific training under the supervision of the therapist.