Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling, usually in the arms and legs and occasionally in other parts of the body. The swelling develops from abnormal lymphatic flow as a result of cancer surgery, radiation treatment, infection, trauma, vein problems, obesity or hereditary causes.
While there is no cure for lymphedema, specialized therapy can help relieve symptoms and reduce the debilitating long-term effects. Treatment is completely noninvasive and consists of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD); a massage that stimulates the lymphatic system; compression bandages or garments; exercises; skin care; and education.
The staff at Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly - Edema Management Center, is available to provide consultation; evaluation and treatment for those with edema (swelling). Our therapists have completed extensive training to become certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) and members of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), a nonprofit corporation of healthcare professionals experienced in the field of lymphedema.
If you have lymphedema, contact your physician and ask about being referred to Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly's Outpatient Rehabilitation Department - Edema Management Center for treatment.
For more information, call (704) 984-4290.
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