Observe the following precautions :
Heat is harmful to the affected limb. Protect your involved arm and avoid:
Lymphedema, a swelling of the arm, can occur if you have had lymph nodes removed during the surgical procedure and/or from radiation therapy. The lymphatic system drains lymph, a protein rich fluid, from the tissues and conducts the fluid in a unidirectional flow back to the circulatory system. Lymphedema results when there is a blockage in the drainage and there is an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid. Untreated lymphedema may lead to weakness, stiffness, pain, numbness, pain, loss of function and impaired body image. Lymphedema can range from mild to severe, it can temporary or permanent and it can occur immediately or several years after your surgery.
Lymphedema treatment, even years after the lymphedema develops, can reduce the size and swelling of the arm. The physical therapy department at Inspira Rehab Care provides treatment for the management of lymphedema. The treatment consists of manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, exercise, and education about preventive care. The goal of therapy is to decrease the swelling in the arm, assist the patient with getting fit with a compression garment to maintain the decrease in swelling and improve the patient’s function.
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