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What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is characterized by abnormal swelling of an arm, leg, or other body part resulting from the excessive build-up of fluid called lymph. This condition is most typically seen in both men and women who have experienced a lymph node dissection, radiation, infection, or injury. It can present in infants and young children who are born with the condition.

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Symptoms of Lymphedema

Lymphedema symptoms are varied and can include swelling of the trunk, head, abdomen, genitals, an entire limb, or a portion of a limb. As a result of swelling, individuals may find difficulty with the fit of clothing, reduced tolerance to walking and movement, and tightness of the skin and joints.

Learn more about lymphedema on the National Lymphedema Network website.

Lymphedema Management Program

The lymphedema management program at CPT provides private, individualized treatment sessions by our certified therapists. CDT (Complete Decongestive Therapy) is not a cure for lymphedema but is an effective tool to help control the symptoms of swelling and pain. Although CDT takes time and effort, it can be used to effectively control your lymphedema. Our program incorporates four effective components:

Manual Lymph Drainage

Specialized technique designed to stimulate the flow of fluid and reduce swelling.


Designed to activate muscles in the limb to improve lymph drainage.

Skin Care

Involves appropriate cleansing and rehydration of the skin to maintain integrity, enhance elasticity, and minimize the risk of infection.


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