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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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Look4LE – A Mobile App to Locate Trained Lymphedema Specialists

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Trying to find a certified lymphedema specialist for yourself or a loved one?

Look4LE is a mobile app, developed by the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP), to help patients and families find therapists in their areas who are trained to treat lymphedema.

The app currently features almost 1,000 LANA-certified therapists, and therapists with . . . → Read More: Look4LE – A Mobile App to Locate Trained Lymphedema Specialists

How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages

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Compression bandages (and compression garments – see below) used in the management of  lymphedema should be properly washed on a regular basis, so  skin cells and oils won’t become trapped in the fibers of the  bandages and damage the integrity of the textile. Compression bandages may be machine or hand washed; machine wash . . . → Read More: How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages

Compression Therapy and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Compression therapy applied by padded short-stretch bandages, compression garments, or alternative materials, such as adjustable compression devices, is an integral part of lymphedema management. The goal of compression therapy is to maintain and improve the reduction of the swelling achieved during lymphedema treatments.

It is important to understand that although the swelling in . . . → Read More: Compression Therapy and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage on Systemic Scleroderma

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Today I would like to share with you a report on a study of the effects of manual lymph drainage (Vodder technique) on systemic scleroderma, which was published in the January 10 issue of “Lymphologie Aktuell”, the member journal of the German Society of Lymphology.

Introduction:

The impacts on the quality of life . . . → Read More: Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage on Systemic Scleroderma

Complications of Lymphedema

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Lymphedema is caused by a blockage or dysfunction of the lymphatic system, causing a disruption of the normal flow of lymph fluid, which may result in swelling affecting various parts of the body. Lymphedema most commonly presents in soft tissues of arms and legs; however, it may also affect the trunk, abdomen, head . . . → Read More: Complications of Lymphedema

Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

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Certain activities may trigger the onset of lymphedema, or may exacerbate the symptoms of existing lymphedema. Individuals affected by lymphedema and those at risk for developing it (everyone who has undergone lymph node excision and/or radiation treatments) should observe the following precautions. The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” below are based on decades of experience . . . → Read More: Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

Lymphedema and Social Security Disability Benefits: Do You Qualify?

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By Molly Clarke. Ms. Clarke is a regular contributor to the Social Security Disability Help blog where she works to promote disability awareness and assist individuals throughout the application process.

Lymphedema and Social Security Disability Benefits: Do You Qualify?

Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when vessels in the lymphatic system become blocked.  Lymphedema . . . → Read More: Lymphedema and Social Security Disability Benefits: Do You Qualify?

The Benefits of Education Plus Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

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I am very grateful to Carol Doeringer, lymphedema patient and advocate, who submitted yet another insightful contribution on the subject of breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL). The material is excerpted from a self-study course Carol has developed with the support of friends and experts in the lymphedema and nursing communities. The course is called Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: . . . → Read More: The Benefits of Education Plus Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

The Effect of Post-Surgical Exercise and Therapy on Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Risk

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I am very grateful to Carol Doeringer, lymphedema patient and advocate, who submitted this interesting and very insightful contribution on the risk factors contributing to breast cancer related lymphedema. The material is excerpted from a self-study course Carol has developed with the support of friends and experts in the lymphedema and nursing communities. . . . → Read More: The Effect of Post-Surgical Exercise and Therapy on Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Risk

Self Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Affecting the Leg

TweetComplete decongestive therapy (CDT) is performed in two phases; in the first phase, also known as the intensive or decongestive phase, treatments are administered by trained lymphedema therapists on a daily basis until the affected body part is decongested.

The duration of the intensive phase varies with the severity of the condition and averages . . . → Read More: Self Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Affecting the Leg