Lymphedema (swelling of the lymph nodes) PHYSIOTHERAPY Edmonton
Lymphedema is a swelling of the upper or lower extremities caused by an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid. The lymphatic system is a component of the circulatory system; it is a network of vessels that transport lymph fluid to the heart. The lymphatic system is a critical component of humans’ immunological and circulatory systems.
When your lymphatic system becomes blocked, swelling of your arms or legs may occur when the fluid is unable to drain normally. Due to this, an accumulation of lymph fluid in the arms and legs can pose serious health hazards.
If you are suffering from lymphedema or think you might be suffering from lymphedema, contact Family Physiotherapy today! We will explain more about this condition and how to avoid it from happening sooner or later. Our physiotherapists are friendly and willing to help you recover as well as see you living a pain-free life.
How can I determine whether I have lymphedema?
Lymphedema is classified into two types: primary lymphedema, which occurs on its own, and secondary lymphedema, which occurs as a result of another disease or condition (underlying conditions).
Lymphedema is most frequently caused by surgical treatment of the lymph nodes. It is most frequently encountered during surgical cancer treatments, whereby the lymph nodes are removed or damaged during the process. However, because the reason for primary lymphedema is not always evident, your physician may prescribe additional imaging tests to examine your lymphatic system. This may comprise a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, a computed tomography (CT) scan, Doppler ultrasonography, or lymphoscintigraphy.
The most frequent causes of secondary lymphedema are as follows:
- Infection caused by radiation therapy for cancer
Additionally, a few symptoms associated with lymphedema may act as markers that you have got this ailment. Bear in mind that lymphedema can develop months or even years after cancer therapy.
Typically, symptoms manifest in the arms and legs and range in severity from modest (noticing slight changes or sensations in your limbs) to severe (noticing extreme changes or feelings in your limbs, to the point where they may be difficult to use).
Several frequent symptoms to watch for include, but are not limited to the following:
- Range of motion restriction
Lymphedema is treated in a variety of ways.
There are numerous hazards associated with chronic swelling, including circulation problems, infection, and the possibility of future harm. It is critical to get lymphedema treatment and maintain weekly contact with your doctor and physical therapist.
At Family Physiotherapy, we will create a treatment plan specifically for your lymphedema. This treatment plan will be determined by the results of your physical examination, your medical history, and the severity of your symptoms. Manual therapy and mild exercise will be emphasized heavily in lymphatic treatment strategies.
Manual lymph drainage, a specialized form of manual therapy, is frequently used to treat individuals with lymphedema. It promotes lymph fluid movement in the upper and lower extremities, and further massage techniques may be utilized to improve circulation and offer relief.
Additionally, exercising the affected limb(s) promotes lymph fluid outflow. Your exercise program will be devised by one of our physical therapists in Edmonton, Canada, and will include modest muscle contractions to help you regain function and range of motion.
Contact us immediately!
Contact our physical therapy facility in Edmonton, Canada, immediately if you are suffering from lymphedema and require relief. Family Physiotherapy can assist you in managing your lymphedema symptoms and enhancing your daily life. Your treatment program will begin with a comprehensive assessment to ascertain the major cause of your problem as well as underlying conditions. After that, other medical procedures will be performed to ensure your physiotherapist has a broad understanding of your problem. Lymphedema treatment is safe and 100% effective in treating this condition.
Get in touch with Family Physiotherapy because your journey toward pain-free movement begins here!