Lymphedema Physical Therapy
A new way to treat a side effect of cancer treatment
Lymphedema refers to swelling that can in occur in your arms or legs. It is often a side effect of cancer treatment as a result of the removal or damage of lymph nodes. If your lymph nodes aren’t draining well, the fluid buildup can lead to swelling. One way to manage this swelling is the use of physical therapy.
The outpatient therapy services at San Ramon Regional Medical Center offer lymphedema physical therapy. Lymphedema is treated with complete decongestive therapy, which includes:
- Manual lymph drainage, a hands-on technique to improve flow of lymph fluid out of the affected area
- Compression with bandages or garments
- Education in skin car and long-term self-management
- Exercise instruction
A physician referral is required. For more information or an appointment call (925) 275-8442. Lymphedema Physical therapy is available Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other hours are available if needed.