Physical therapy has been proven to help improve overall mobility and quality of life for patients with lymphedema. Reducing the swelling and removing the fluid is part of the beneficial therapy. However, it is key to continue long-term treatment plans in order to maintain mobility.
Imagine getting caught in a traffic jam when there’s no way to get off the road — no side streets or highway exits. Stopped traffic continues to build and build, and the affected area becomes crippled. Something similar can happen when there is a malfunction within a person’s lymphatic system, which maintains a proper balance of fluids in the body. If part of the system is damaged, fluid can accumulate and cause swelling in the affected tissues. This condition — called lymphedema — can become debilitating. If left unchecked, lymphedema can result in limited mobility, joint pain and difficulty performing daily activities. But people with lymphedema have an ally in physical therapists. Several physical therapists in the midstate specialize in helping patients with lymphedema get back to their normal lives.