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2. Compression Therapy: Specialized compression garments, such as bandages, sleeves, or stockings, are applied to the affected body part. These garments help maintain the reduction achieved through MLD, prevent further fluid buildup, and improve overall circulation.
3. Exercise and Movement: Tailored exercises and movements can enhance lymphatic flow and support the removal of excess fluid. These exercises are typically low-impact and designed to accommodate the patient's physical capabilities.
4. Skin Care: Proper skin care is essential in managing lymphedema. Patients are educated on hygiene and moisturizing to reduce the risk of skin infections.
5. Patient Education: CDT includes education to help patients understand their condition, the importance of ongoing self-care, and strategies for maintaining the progress achieved during therapy.
Complex decongestive therapy is typically prescribed by physicians and delivered by lymphedema therapists. It is a long-term approach that requires consistency and commitment from the patient. While it may not cure lymphedema, CDT can significantly improve the patient's quality of life by reducing swelling, discomfort, and the risk of complications associated with the condition.
At Dynamic Physical Therapy, Dr. Melissa Mercogliano PT, DPT, OCS treats lymphedema patients as well as other edema (swelling) issues.
Complex decongestive therapy (CDT) is a specialized physical therapy
approach used in the treatment of edema, a condition characterized by the
abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid in body tissues, resulting in swelling,
discomfort, and impaired function. CDT is a comprehensive and multi-faceted
therapeutic technique designed to manage and reduce edema.
Treatment typically involves the following components:
1. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): This is a gentle, hands-on
technique where the therapist uses specific, rhythmic movements to
stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid and direct it towards functional
lymph nodes. MLD can help reduce swelling and promote the removal
of excess fluid from the affected areas.