March 6th is Lymphedema Awareness Day!

Victoria LaManna PT, DPT, CLT March 6th is Lymphedema Awareness Day! The lymph system carries the body’s waste products, dead pathogens, and water. Eventually these substances are cleared by the body. Problems can occur if the lymph system gets blocked and cannot clear these substances. Problems with the lymphatic system can cause swelling in affected …

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Know Your Nodes, Part IV

By Riva Preil So, how does physical therapy help treat lymphedema?  Great question, I am glad you asked.  The gold standard of care to treat lymphedema is COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY (CDT).  CDT consists of four components: Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Compression Exercises Skin Care MLD was pioneered by Dr. Emil Vodder in the early 1900s, …

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