Open Accessibility Menu


Lymphedema is a chronic condition in which an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich swelling occurs, usually in an arm or leg. It occurs as a result of damage or malfunction within the lymphatic system, commonly after surgery, radiation therapy, or trauma. The condition causes uncomfortable swelling, limited function and a higher risk of infections. There is no cure for lymphedema, however, it can be managed through swelling reduction.

  • Warning Signs of Lymphedema:
  • Heaviness of the extremity
  • Aching in the extremity
  • Tightness or thickening or swelling anywhere down the arm/leg
  • Burning/Tingling sensation running down the arm/leg
  • Inability to wear jewelry, watches, or clothing

  • Who does Lymphedema affect?
  • Roughly 25-33% of patients with breast cancer will develop lymphedema in the arms
  • Anyone that has experienced damage, removal or dysfunction of the lymph nodes
  • Lymphedema symptoms can occur at any time, even years after cancer treatment
  • The Lymphatic system can be damaged with a traumatic injury to the arm or leg

  • Our physical and occupational therapy staff are specially trained to treat and manage lymphedema symptoms:
  • Strength and movement exercises
  • Home activities to reduce swelling
  • Body positioning techniques to increase drainage
  • Supplies and techniques to wrap extremities to decrease swelling
  • Manual lymphatic massage and bandaging/wraps
  • Prevention techniques

Any heaviness, aching, swelling, or other sensations in an extremity should be monitored carefully by health care professionals and promptly addressed by therapists.

Related Providers
Patient Reviews
  • Rehabilitation

    Sarah is amazing. She walked me through everything we did and gave me the "why" behind it. She listened to my concerns and made sure to address then.

    Andrea W.
  • Rehabilitation

    The rehab team was great to work with!!

    Keith D.
  • Rehabilitation

    I am extremely pleased how the progression of my therapy has helped in my everyday life. Both O.T. & P.T. showed me the correct way to maneuver to adapt to my home life situation.

    Mary E.
  • Rehabilitation

    All personnel made me feel very comfortable. Gave privacy when needed.

    Sandy B.
  • Rehabilitation

    Every single PTA, PT + registration clerk are wonderful!! This is the best place for P.T., everyone is so caring + professional.

    Becky P.
  • Rehabilitation

    Everyone on staff treated me with respect and was very helpful in my recovery.

    Jacqueline Y.
  • General, Primary

    This team at Henry County really strives together. They have a unique style of caring for their patients. If you have to be in a hospital, I highly recommend you consider Henry County Hospital. It will be my first choice from now on!

    Sarai B.
  • Birthing Care, Riverview

    My wife and I recently had our first child and had an amazing experience with the whole staff at Henry County Hospital.

    Jeff B.
  • Rehabilitation

    They do a great job.

    Ernesto E.
  • Rehabilitation

    I have always had kind and patient therapists. They were encouraging and glad when I showed progress. They are all very friendly and courteous.

    Betty C.
  • Rehabilitation

    Very pleased with the program and everyone is so nice. Thorough.

    Cathy H.
  • Felt like you were part of the team. They all cared about my outcome. Wanted to see you do well. Appreciated letting Greg be part of the team.

    Julie T.
  • Rehabilitation

    The facility was very clean and neat. Easy to get to. Therapists were very friendly and knowledgeable in their field of work.

    Phyllis M.
  • Great place for therapy. Friendly, concerned about progress. Cleanliness during Covid.

    Peggy J.
  • General

    "Amazing nurses and other staff."

    Deb H.
  • Rehabilitation

    Very flexible with scheduling. Approachable staff.

    Natalie N.
  • Rehabilitation

    Sarah and Molly in OT were fantastic in my rehab.

    Barb S.
  • Rehabilitation

    Molly made me feel comfortable and ready to address my needs. I came in with weak bladder control. By the end, I have regained strength and don't have to take as many breaks while teaching or playing with my children. It improved my life.

    Amanda M.
  • Rehabilitation

    I was not sure what to expect when my doctor suggested Pelvic Floor Therapy, but I'm so glad she did. My quality of life has improved so much! Molly made therapy a comfortable experience with a full explanation and how therapy could help.

    Jerri H.