What is Lymphedema?

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema, also known as lymphatic dysfunction, is a condition in which the lymphatic channels in the body are not functioning properly. The lymphatic channels are responsible for draining excess fluids from tissues, and when they don’t function properly, they cause swelling. Patients who suffer from lymphedema may also experience skin discoloration, and infections on the skin. While lymphedema may not be life-threatening, it can be extremely uncomfortable for patients. StrideCare is proud to offer personalized lymphedema therapies to help patients get back to the healthiest version of themselves.

What Causes Lymphedema

Lymphedema can be caused by a variety of different factors including genetics and cancer. Lymphedema can be present and diagnosed in four different stages. These stages include:​
  • Latent. No visible changes are seen on the skin, however, possible changes in sensation, achiness, or tightness may be noticeable.
  • Mild. Swelling in the affected area may start to change throughout the day. The skin will hold an indentation when you press on it, but there are no permanent changes in the skin.
  • Moderate. Irreversible swelling starts to occur and your skin starts to feel spongy to the touch. Inflammation and thickening of the skin may occur at this time.
  • Severe. Ongoing fluid retention hardens the skin and the affected area becomes very large. Skin changes are permanent, and there’s often a loss of function.

What Treatment is Available for Lymphedema?

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema therapy, also known as lymphatic drainage therapy or lymphatic massage, is a specialized therapeutic approach designed to manage and reduce swelling caused by the accumulation of lymphatic fluid.



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