Lymphatic Solutions & Therapy, LLC
Bringing Comprehensive Lymphedema Therapy Services to Your Facility
Lymphedema Therapy & Management

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the most effective treatment for reducing chronic swelling.  CDT reduces swelling and can reverse the tissue changes of lymphedema.  This process consists of a two phase treatment approach, the intensive or decongestive phase and the self-management phase.  It is a collaborative process involving the patient, certified lymphedema therapist, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals. Depending on the severity of the condition, the intensive phase of treatment can be 3 to 5 times per week for the duration of 4 to 8 weeks. 

Intensive Phase (Treatment phase with certified lymphedema therapist):        

            Manual Lymph Drainage
           Compression Bandaging
           Remedial Decongestive Exercises            
           Skin & Nail Care
           Sodium/Hydration Monitoring
           Patient/Caregiver Education & Training       
           Compression Garment Fitting



                                                                 


                                                       
  

All of these interventions working in concert aid in facilitating swelling reduction and decreasing the risk of infection.  Additionally, Lymphatic Solutions and Therapy, LLC Certified Lymphedema Therapists utilize adjunct interventions including, sports-taping and Low Level Cold Laser Therapy to promote lymphatic drainage.  Given the nature of lymphedema and the specialized treatment interventions of CDT, it is imperative that clinicians with the Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) credential exclusively implement and direct lymphedema treatment.
 


                              Before Therapy                                    After Therapy
                               

                                Before Therapy                                  After Therapy
                                    



Self-Management Phase
(Patient/caregivers implement maintenance home-care   
                                            interventions following discharge from intensive phase): 


           Self-Manual Lymph Drainage
           Compression Garments & Bandaging
           Remedial Decongestive Exercises
           Skin & Nail Care
           Sodium/Hydration Monitoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



During this phase it is imperative that patients consistently wear their clinically recommended lymphedema compression garments.  Daily application of lymphedema compression garments and compliance with lymphedema maintenance interventions aid in maintaining swelling reduction accomplished in the decongestive phase by preventing the re-accumulation of fluid.

           



                                                                                                                                        


For a consultation contact:
Margaret Previlon, MHS, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
Director
Ph: 305.331.9261 Fax: 305.947.3146

mprevilon@yahoo.com