This March, Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services is celebrating National Lymphedema Awareness Month. Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin that occurs most commonly in the limbs. The condition can be caused by a variety of factors including family history, damaged lymph vessels, lymph node removal, infection, or radiation therapy. Lymphedema causes swelling which may create movement limitation, and leaves patients at higher risks for wounds and infections. Lymphedema is a chronic condition with specific manual treatments, skin care, compression pumps, wraps, and exercises.
Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services, located at the Nanticoke Health Pavilion Seaford, offers lymphedema treatment provided by Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT). Treatments may include any or all of the following:
- Manual Lymph Drainage Massage
- Multilayer Compression Bandaging
- Sequential Compression Pumps (utilized on UE, LE, trunk, or neck)
- Skin Care Management and Treatment
- Kinesio Taping
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Self-Management Instructions
Each session provides a one-on-one comprehensive treatment approach in a warm, friendly environment that is individualized and tailored to accommodate each patient’s individual needs and maximize their functional potential. While there is no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed through decongestive exercise, massage, bandaging and/or compression garments, and the possibility of pneumatic compression pump.
Nanticoke also offers a lymphedema support group, held on the second Monday of each month at the Nanticoke Training Center (121 S. Front Street, Seaford) from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. This educational support group is free and open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives.
For more information about lymphedema treatment, support groups, or other services provided by Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services, call 302-629-6224 or visit www.nanticoke.org/rehabilitation.