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Physical therapy spotlight: Lymphedema wraps

Friday, June 6 2014 2:03 AM

The lymphatic system helps us stay healthy and free of toxins. When this subgroup of the circulatory system gets a blockage, however, the built-up lymph fluid causes your arms, legs or other parts of your body to swell.

Our physical therapy department can help decrease the swelling caused by lymphedema. The process is quite simple—our therapists will create a decongestive therapy regimen for you. One of the first steps of this process is using lymphedema wraps on your affected limbs.

Lymphedema wraps consist of three different layers of wrap. These wraps are specifically designed to decrease swelling from lymphedema and are more effective and more comfortable than elastic bandages from a drug store. The wraps are worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with therapists replacing the wraps almost daily to compensate for decreased swelling. The course of therapy typically takes 3–8 weeks. Once the initial treatment is over, wearing compression garments and exercising can help you keep your lymphedema from flaring up again.

If you and your doctor feel that lymphedema wraps might be a good choice for you, click here to find a Good Samaritan Sociaty location that can help you with this treatment plan.

Hoeger House and Good Samaritan Society–Olathe are Kansas City's options for in-patient physical therapy.

Source: www.good-sam.com

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