Lymphedema Therapy

The CHI St. Joseph Health Lymphedema Management team is committed to using both traditional and innovative techniques to bring the best results in the shortest amount of time. We provide lymphedema management therapy for all ages—pediatric to mature adults.

Lymphedema refers to abnormal swelling of a body part, including but not limited to the face, neck, arms, legs, breasts, abdomen and genitalia. In the case of lymphedema, swelling is caused by an under-performing lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system, and when it is hindered, lymph fluid doesn’t drain well and the fluid build-up leads to swelling.

Lymphedema is very common in cancer patients and can be a result of cancer or the treatment of cancer. One example of this is the removal of, or damage to, the lymph nodes due to surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment. Other causes of lymphedema include infection, obesity, venous insufficiency, trauma, as well as recovery from joint replacement and other surgeries. 

Lymphedema is a progressive disease which cannot be cured, but can be managed. Lymphedema Management Therapy can help reduce the swelling, aid in prevention of infection, maintain soft tissue integrity, and promote normal mobility of the limb.

A lymphedema management program you can count on.

Our certified lymphedema therapists use a non-invasive program known as Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to treat lymphedema. This is a combination treatment that includes:

  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compression bandaging
  • Meticulous skin and nail care
  • Decongestive exercises
  • Self-care training

Signs and symptoms.

Symptoms of lymphedema include swelling of the limbs, heaviness and limitation of movement, repeated infections, skin thickening or hardening and discomfort.  If not treated, lymphedema can lead to fibrosis (a hardening of the soft tissue). 

If you have any of the above risk factors for lymphedema or notice unusual swelling of any kind, please seek medical care right away.

Getting treatment.

Any lymphedema therapy program requires a physician referral. We encourage you to share this information with your doctor and discuss if you would benefit from this program. If needed, we can help with getting your doctor’s referral.

We can also assist with obtaining long term day and night compressive garments for new patients, and with re-ordering compression garments for patients familiar with the process.

CHI St. Joseph Health’s Lymphedema Management Therapy is offered at several of our therapy locations. Learn more about our specialized physical therapy programs.

Contact us today to learn more about CHI St. Joseph Health Lymphedema Therapy services!

CHI St. Joseph Health Rehabilitation Center
1600 Joseph Dr.
Bryan, TX  77802
979.827.7567
979.821.7548 (fax)

CHI St. Joseph Health - College Station
4421 Hwy 6 South, Suite 200
College Station, TX  77845
979.690.4250
979.690.4251 (fax)

CHI St. Joseph Health Grimes Hospital
210 South Judson
Navasota, TX  77868
936.870.4526
936.870.4586 (fax)