Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is a condition that causes severe, painful swelling, usually in the arms and legs. It is a common side effect of cancer treatment, in particular, radiation and surgical removal of the lymph nodes. It can also result from other diseases and conditions, such as chronic venous insufficiency.

Left untreated, lymphedema can lead to serious complications that include bacterial infections of the skin and infection of the lymph vessels. The smallest injury to your arm or leg can be an entry point for infection, which can cause inflammation and compromise the healing of tissue and wounds.

For more information on lymphedema treatment and support, call 573-302-2230.

Lymphedema Symptoms

  • Excessive fluid in the tissues
  • Excessive protein in the tissues
  • Chronic inflammatory reactions
  • Excessive deposits of fibrous tissues

Treatment Options

  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compression bandaging
  • Compression garments
  • Exercise and elevation
  • Education in self-management

Lymphedema Support  

Lymphedema is a serious problem that can severely limit a person's activities and quality of life. Although it is not curable, it is treatable. Support groups help people learn how to manage their symptoms so they can live a full and active life. 

Each month, Lake Regional hosts opportunities for patients and their loved ones to learn strategies for coping with lymphedema. Occupational therapists, Katie Kelley and Danielle Baumgartner, facilitate the groups.

Lymphedema 101

This one-hour course is for people who may be at risk for the development of lymphedema related to a medical condition, surgery or cancer treatment. Lake Regional Occupational Therapists Katie Kelley and Danielle Baumgartner facilitate the group.

Topics include:

  • What is lymphedema
  • Who is at risk
  • Stages of Lymphedema
  • Monitoring techniques
  • Prevention techniques
  • Treatment options
  • When to see your doctor

Lymphedema 101 is offered the second Tuesday of every month from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cancer Resource Center. Participants can sign up by calling 573-302-2772. Physicians who wish to refer patients can do so at the same number. Registration is required. 

Lymphedema: You Are Not Alone! 

This support group is for individuals currently coping with lymphedema. Participants benefit from peer interaction, emotional support, and education about various treatments and management strategies. An optional exercise class follows the meeting. Lake Regional Occupational Therapists Katie Kelley and Danielle Baumgartner facilitate the group.

Meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month at Lake Regional Clinic - Eldon.

For more information, call Lake Regional Rehab Therapy at 573-302-2230.