Lymphedema is a condition in which excess fluid collects in tissues, resulting in swelling. It generally affects one or both of the arms or legs and is caused by the blocking of the lymphatic system. If you begin experiencing symptoms of lymphedema, you'll want to have it diagnosed as quickly as possible. Although there's no cure, it is treatable. Not to mention that the longer it goes unaddressed, the more serious the complications can become (such as the risk of serious infection).
The following are a few factors that can increase your risk of experiencing lymphedema:
Early symptoms of lymphedema can include:
If these early symptoms aren't addressed, lymphedema could progress and cause an infection. If it does develop into an infection, symptoms may include:
One of the reasons you'll want to have it diagnosed as soon as possible is because you may be able to treat lymphedema with physical therapy. A physical therapist will use several types of treatments, such as massage, exercise, manual lymphatic drainage, and the use of compression stockings or multilayer bandaging to reduce pain and discomfort, help restore function, and help to prevent the risk of infection.
If you are suffering from lymphedema, then you'll want to begin physical therapy in order to treat your symptoms. Contact us at Advanced Motion Therapeutic to schedule an appointment today.