Lymphedema Therapy Services

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein and fluids in the body resulting in swelling.  If left untreated, lymphedema can lead to serious infections, decrease circulation, slow wound healing, and hardening of skin and tissue.  Lymphedema  affects women and men of all ages. It develops slowly and most commonly affects arms and/or legs.  However, lymphedema can also affect the check, trunk,  face, head, neck, genitals.

Symptoms of Lymphedema can include:

  • Swelling in limbs, genitals, face, head or neck
  • A feeling of “fullness” or “tightness” in the affected area
  • Aching or discomfort in the affected area
  • Skin changes
  • Decreased range of motion in the affected area
  • Weeping of the skin

Some people are born with lymphedema. Others develop it.   You are at risk for lymphedema if you have a history of the following:

  • Breast cancer treatments (surgery and/or radiation)
  • Cancer of the lymph nodes
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Filariasis
  • Cellulitis/lymphangitis
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Joint replacement
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Vascular surgery
  • Morbid obesity
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Any surgery resulting in removal of lymph nodes
  • Any surgery resulting in horizontal incisions
  • Liposuction

How can Sage help?

How can Sage help?

There is no cure for lymphedema.  However,  lymphedema symptoms can be managed.    Our lymphedema therapy program offers state of the art treatment interventions, including the “gold standard” for lymphedema treatment : complete decongestive therapy.    Our certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) will assess your specific needs and collaborate with you to create a treatment plan to address your goals.  Patients can expect limb volume reduction, improved functional use of the affected area, improved overall appearance of affected area, and provision of long term maintenance program.

Sage offers the most current treatment options for management of lymphedema symptoms. These treatment interventions include:

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

Compression Bandaging

Compression garment selection and fitting

Remedial exercises

Infection prevention, skin care, and self-care education

Mental health services provided by clinical social worker

Nutrition education provided by registered dietician

Pain management therapy

Our certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) attended Norton School of Lymphatics and received specialized training to treat patients with lymphedema as well as related conditions: lipedema, lipo-lymphedema, phlebolymphostatic edema,  venous edema, akinetic/hypokinetic edema, mixed edema, chronic venous insufficiency, and other circulation-related swelling in the legs.

Your symptoms do not have to define you. Call today to see how Sage can help!

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