With more than 200,000 annual cases, lymphedema is fairly common in the United States, but few people actually know what it is. In simplest terms, lymphedema is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, which results in painful swelling in one or more limbs. Although there is no cure for the condition, physical therapy treatment will help ease the worst of the symptoms. If you think you have lymphedema and you need pain treatment, turn to StayFIT Physical Therapy in Aiea and Kapolei, HI. In the meantime, read on to learn more about this condition.
A Guide to Lymphedema & the Physical Therapy Treatment Options
What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a chronic condition that often occurs as a result of damage to the lymph nodes. It typically affects older individuals. Risk factors include obesity, age, and other medical conditions like arthritis. Common symptoms include pain and swelling in the arms and legs, water retention, swollen lymph nodes, rash, and dimpled skin.
How Do You Treat It?
There is no cure for lymphedema, but there are a variety of ways that physical therapy treatments can minimize the symptoms. For example, common approaches to treating the condition include exercise and massage as well as the wrapping and compression of the affected areas.
There are specific stretches that can help you retain functioning of the limbs. A physical therapist can show you these stretching exercises that will improve your mobility and prevent injuries related to lymphedema. Additionally, regular aerobic exercise will restore your muscle strength and help you retain normal functioning of your arms and legs.
If you suffer from lymphedema and the symptoms are interfering with your everyday life, turn to the team at StayFIT Physical Therapy in Aiea and Kapolei. Check out their website to view the physical therapy treatment and services they offer, and call (808) 487-0487 to make an appointment. You can also find the team on Facebook.