Lymphedema is the accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. Most often found in the arms or legs,but can also affect the face, neck, trunk, genitalia, and abdomen. There is no cure for lymphedema, but early intervention and management techniques enable most patients to lead normal lives.
Moshon’s certified lymphatic therapist implements the Complete Decongestive Therapy approach (CDT) with her lymphedema patients. Treatment may include manual lymphatic drainage, multilayer compression bandaging, exercises, compression garment measuring and fitting and extensive patient education.
The most common manifestation of lymphedema is soft tissue swelling, ‘edema’. As the disorder progresses, worsening edema and skin changes including discoloration, verrucous (wart-like) hyperplasia, hyperkeratosis, papillomatosis, dermal thickening and ulcers may be seen. Additionally, there is increased risk of infection of the superficial soft tissues, known as cellulitis.