Lymphedema Management

Lymphedema is the swelling of one (or both) of your arms or legs that occurs due to blockage in your lymphatic system.  Lymphedema can include the head and neck.  The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining as it should.  It is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment.  While there is no cure for lymphedema it can be controlled.

The first-line treatment for lymphedema is Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive therapy. This treatment is aimed at improving lymphedema with manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, and education on skin care, exercise and other self-care.  Robin Blake, PTTherapy is typically completed within 3 weeks of evaluation with compression garments fitting, depending on the amount of edema and fibrosis (hardness of tissue).

Robin Blake, PT is certified in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy. Robin received her certification through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 1999 and has been performing Lymphedema therapy for MCCH, currently in the Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine.  For more information call 270.762.1854.

Other Online Resources

National Lymphedema Network