COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY
¿Do you have swelling or edema in your arms and legs, poor circulation, recurrent wounds, or skin changes in your legs?
¿Have you been diagnosed with lymphedema or chronic venous insufficiency CVI? you may be a candidate for Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) provided by an experienced Certified Lymphedema Therapist?
COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY (CDT) treatment includes:
Lymphatic drainage Massage MLD
Skin Care and Hygiene
Short Stretch compression Bandages
Compression Garment Fitting
Compression Pump if needed
Education Pt and family for long term maintenance of condition
Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of gentle massage that helps promote proper flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body, is normally used to reduce swelling and detoxify the body.
¿WHO MIGHT BENEFIT?
Patients with edema related to any of the following conditions:
Primary and secondary Lymphedema
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Cancer related Lymphedema
Post Surgical Procedures
¿WHAT IT IS LYMPHEDEMA?
Lymphedema is a chronic progressive disease in which excess fluid accumulates in the tissues and causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs. This can occur after lymph vessels or lymph nodes are removed through surgery, damaged by radiation, or other trauma that affects the normal drainage of lymphatic fluids.
To date there is no cure for lymphedema, however, the amount of swelling can be reduced, and the tissue quality improved in order to increase comfort, mobility and quality of life as well as prevent progression of the disease. The gold standard for lymphedema treatment is called Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
The therapy we provide helps with the full range of conditions resulting from edema, pain, stiffness, loss of function, scar tissue and fibrosis, recurrent skin infections, wounds, weakness, fatigue, restricted range of motion and difficulties with reintegration back to work life, home life and recreational activities.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lymphatic edema can be significantly improved through a specific treatment but many do not receive adequate treatment, because:
- They were never educated about the risk of developing lymphatic edema.
- They are unaware that treatment for lymphatic edema is available.
- They don’t know how or where to find treatment.
- They do not have the financial resources for treatment.
- In addition, not all doctors know the condition and if they know it they do not know how to manage it effectively or who to refer.
DID YOU KNOW?
Only 12% of patients with lymphatic edema receive appropriate treatment?
Only 20% of patients with lymphatic edema wear compression garments and bandages. .
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF LYMPHEDEMA:
- Swelling of the arm, including the fingers, or the legs, including the toes.
- A feeling of heaviness in the arm or leg
- A feeling of tightness in the skin of the arm or hand.
- Difficulty moving a joint in the arm or leg.
- A feeling of oppression with the use of clothes, shoes, jewelry.
- Skin marking with any finger pressure.
- Persistent, sometimes painful, swelling of the arms, legs, and trunk.
ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU NOTICE ANY OF THESE CHANGES
¿HOW TO REDUCE THE RISK OF LYMPHEDEMA?
- Use lotion to keep the skin moist.
- Treat small cuts immediately with antibacterial ointment.
- Avoid needle sticks in the arm or leg (injections, blood draw, acupuncture, IV placement, etc.).
- Avoid taking blood pressure on the affected limb.
- Outdoors, wear protective clothing, sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and insect repellent.
- Wear well-fitting compression garment when flying – changes in cabin pressure can lead to the appearance of lymphatic edema.
CHRONIC VENOUS INSUFICIENCY (CVI) AND EDEMA CONTROL
Lower extremity edema occurs not only to patients suffering from cancer, but there are also people with leg swelling resulting from primary or secondary lymphedema, morbid obesity, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, post – surgical swelling, lipedema, dependent edema. By reducing the edema, we can also effectively improve the healing process for leg ulcers and wounds.
The therapy we provide helps all problems and conditions resulting from edema such as pain, stiffness, loss of function, scar tissue and fibrosis, recurrent skin infections, wounds, weakness, fatigue, restricted range of motion and difficulties in reintegrating into work, home and recreational activities.
** In the case of these pictures 93 y/o patient with Venous Insufficiency with difficulty walking, both legs draining, history of skin infection. Edema resolved, skin improvement with CDT, patient fitted with garment and family education of the management of the condition long term. All 2 weeks 6 sessions. Amounts of visits varies pending base line condition compliance.