Treatments

Lymphedema 

An estimated 2-million people in the United States suffer with with lymphedema. The good news is that the Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT) at APTC can help these people.

Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part, usually an extremity, caused by the abnormal accumulation of protein-rich lymph fluid. It can also occur in the face, neck, truck and genitals. Lymphedema is characterized by a slow, gradual onset of pitting edema. This condition is generally painless; however, cellulitis, tissue fibrosis and skin changes are common as the disease progresses. It is not only disfiguring, but also debilitating.

There are two classifications of lymphedema.

Primary: Primary lymphedema is due to a malformation of the lymphatic system. It may be present at birth or develop later in life.

Secondary: Secondary lymphedema is most commonly associated with the surgical removal of lymph nodes or radiation therapy used in the treatment of cancer, but it may also occur following surgery, trauma, scarring or an infection of the lymphatic system.

Both types are treatable with physical therapy. The CLT's at APTC are skilled in complete decongestive therapy the treatment of choice for lymphedema. At Advanced Physical Therapy Centers, our Certified Lymphedema Therapists use a four-pronged treatment approach to provide this non-invasive, painless and effective therapy.

1. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) - This is an essential component of the treatment. It involves gentle massage techniques to stimulate the movement of lymph to healthy lymphatic vessels.

2. Compression Therapy This is a special wrapping technique used with low stretch bandages. It's used to prevent the refill of tissue spaces and to further stimulate drainage. It's also used between sessions to prevent the reaccumulation of fluid.

3. Gentle Decompression Exercises This will aid the effect of joint and muscle pumping. It is an important component of long-term self management.

4. Self-Care This component of treatment for lymphedema is especially important for the patient. Patients are taught how to avoid infections, and how to spot them when they occur. They will also learn how to maintain moisture in their skin.

APTC has found that this approach is effective in treating most patients with lymphdema. But, the APTC commitment doesn't end here. We make sure that all our lymphedma patients have the skills to keep their condition under control. We provide instructions on how to manage the condition after therapy and throughout the patient's life.


Before and after treatment.


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810-695-8700

10809 S. Saginaw St.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439

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810-687-8700

303 S. Mill Street
Clio, MI 48420

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810-732-8400
G-2241 S. Linden Rd,
Suite A
Flint, MI 48532

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810-632-8700

11182 Highland Rd.
Hartland, MI 48353

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2138 Fairway Drive
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7477 S. State Rd,
Suite B
Goodrich, MI 48438

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248-620-4260

6167 White Lake Rd.,
Suite 1
Clarkston, MI 48346