- At least 49% of all breast cancer survivors in the U.S. will develop lymphedema
- Lymphedema is a chronic condition, but can be controlled with proper care.
- Lymphedema is dangerous if not treated, due to increased complications with cellulitus.
- Lymphedema may develop years after surgery or radiation.
- Lymph: protein-rich fluid produced by the lymphatic system to fight infection.
- Lymphema is swelling due to blockage of lymph flow.
Baker Valley Physical Therapy offers two physical therapists certified in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD). CDT is a treatment approach to reduce lymphedema by applying compression wraps and garment. MLD is a light massage technique to improve lymph circulation. Typical treatment sessions are 3-5 times a week for 2 weeks. At the last treatment session the patient is measured for a compression garment for home use. Baker Valley Physical Therapy additionally offers aquatic lymphedema management sessions, performed in our in-house pool. Please call with any questions or to schedule an evaluation.