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Lymphedema most often develops in one arm to leg but may be present in both arms and both legs. it may also occur in the hands or feet, even in the chest, back, neck, face abdomen, and genitals.

mnphysio/Lymphedema Therapy

Primary Lymphedema

 is a caused by malformation of lymphatic system.These malformations are most common in women. Symptoms may be present at birth  or may develop later , often during puberty or pregnancy. Primary Lymphedema is most common in the legs, but may also occur in the arms or torso.

Secondary Lymphedema

is a result of damage to lhe lymphatic system. Surgical procedures such as mastectomies, lumpectomies with radiation  and / or  removal of lymph node are the most common causes . Secondary Lymphedema occurs most commonly in the arms, but may also develop in the legs.


Manual Lymph Drainage(MLD)

Manual Lymph Drainage is necessary to manage fluid volume of the affected extremity  to a normal or near normal size. Bandages are used  in the phase 1 and compression garments in phase 2 

Graduated Compression Garments

Graduated compression garments are necessary to maintain  the reduce limb  and are design to replace the bandages that were used earlier in treatment .

They are worn during  the day while you are active .At night  when you sleep , bandages or night garment are  usually worn . The compression garments help 

to keep swelling  down , improve circulation , and prevent the re-accumulation  of lymph fluid in the area.

Skin Care

With lymphedema , the skin is usually  dry and may crack easily, making it very susceptible to inspection . A low-pH lostion, free of alcholo and fragrances should be used to maintain the moisture of the skin to protect it . If the infection develops, consult your physician immediately.


An effective decongestive exercise program aids that muscular system to move lymph fluid out of affected area.