Lymphedema is an abnormal build-up of fluid that can occure in ANY part of the body.
Most commonly, this appears as swelling in the arms or legs but can also manifest in the neck, trunk, and abdominal regions. Lymphedema may result from cancer and associated treatments, after surgery, after trauma, or as a result of a genetic predisposition. Lymphedema can also accompany venous insufficiency which is a common cause of leg swelling.
At Chester County Hospital, our Physical Therapists will work with your doctors to determine the cause of this swelling. Our nationally certified therapists will develop an individualized plan of care to help reduce the volume of fluid and improve skin appearance and texture. We then give you the tools to maintain these improvements whether it is your hand, arm, leg, foot, neck, or stomach/trunk.
The techniques we use are research-based and will help you return to your previous level of function. We are available for follow-up after you have completed your treatment regimen in the event that you have questions or continuing need for consultation.
A doctor's prescription is needed for your initial evaluation. For more information or to schedule your initial evaluation, please contact us at the following locations:
The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
Fern Hill Medical Campus
Penn Medicine Exton
Medical Office Building at New Garden
Penn Medicine Southern Chester County
Last Updated: 3/14/2016