Lymphedema Management

What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part such as the arm, leg, or trunk caused by a buildup of lymph fluid in the body tissue. The swelling is a result of the lymphatic system being damaged. Commonly, lymphedema occurs when lymph node and/or lymphatic vessels are damaged or removed during surgery. It can also be caused by:

  • Radiation during cancer treatment
  • Trauma or injury to the lymph node region
  • Malignant tumor
  • Immobility

How is lymphedema diagnosed?
Some of the common symptoms of lymphedema include:

  • Swelling/puffiness of arm, leg, or trunk
  • Tightness of the skin
  • Discomfort in the arm, leg, or trunk
  • Indenting of skin where swollen area is present
  • Heavy feeling of the limb
  • Burning sensation in the limb
  • Difficulty using the affected area for daily activities

How is lymphedema treated?
There can be many causes for swelling. It is important to consult your oncologist or family doctor if you feel you have lymphedema. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist, such as a physical therapist who has been trained in lymphedema management.

Early treatment for lymphedema can:

  • Lower the swelling
  • Stop the swelling from getting worse
  • Decrease the risk of infections or other related lymphedema conditions

Treatment includes:

  • Skin care
  • Manual lymph drainage massage technique
  • Specific exercises
  • Bandaging
  • Fitting for a compression sleeve or stocking

Lymphedema Specialist
Because lymphedema is an ongoing condition that requires daily care, Mendelson Kornblum Physical Therapy provides patient education and services to help maintain limb functionality and control symptoms. Our lymphedema specialist has advanced training in conditions affecting the upper and lower extremities and effective management techniques, such as massage to help promote lymph drainage, proper fitting for compression garments, and self-massage and bandaging.


Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Our highly experienced and regarded orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect bones, joints, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and nerves of the extremities and spine. They are proud to be affiliated with both St. Mary Mercy Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital..

Back, Neck & Spine

You’ll have the advantage of the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures in back and neck pain. A team approach to your spinal problems may include physical therapy, medication, exercise, weight loss and therapeutic spinal injections. Additionally, we offer the area’s best orthopedic spine surgeons for repair or reconstruction of structural disorders.

Pain Management

The pain management / physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians at Mendelson Kornblum have a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge regarding pain-relieving techniques and treatments. Areas of specialty include back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, pinched nerves, post-surgical pain, cancer-related pain, musculoskeletal injuries, and rehabilitation for back and neck injuries. If you have acute or chronic pain that affects your mobility and ability to function, Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedics can help restore your quality of life.

Physical Therapy

Our rehabilitation approach complements your surgeon’s intervention with continual sharing of diagnostic information that can help promote a speedy recovery. In addition, due to our exclusive dedication to orthopedic conditions, we have developed many techniques that can significantly reduce the amount of pain during your rehabilitation.