Lymphedema is an internal condition caused by damaged or removed lymph nodes. These damaged or non-existent nodes stop the lymphatic system from properly draining, resulting in built-up lymph fluid and swollen limbs. Though there is no cure for lymphedema there are a number of treatments and therapeutic options that can greatly help reduce swelling and pain. At Arizona Vein & Laser Institute, we offer a comprehensive array of lymphedema treatment options for patients in Phoenix, Glendale, Chandler, and the surrounding regions. Read below to learn more about lymphedema and our treatment options, and contact our office at to schedule an appointment with our medical professionals today!
Lymphedema: Causes and Symptoms
Lymphedema is caused by damaged or removed lymph nodes (often times due to cancer treatment, though symptoms may not appear until years after treatment is over) and results in swollen limbs. The swelling caused by lymphedema is due to blockage in the damaged lymphatic system, a part of the body’s immune system. Blockage stops lymph fluid from draining properly, and the built-up fluid results in swelling of the limbs. Common symptoms of lymphedema include:
- Swelling in any part of the arm or leg, including toes and fingers
- A general feeling of tightness or heaviness
- Aching, discomfort, and a restricted range of motion
- Recurring infections
- Fibrosis (thickening and hardening of the skin)
Lymphedema Treatment at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute
Though there is no cure for lymphedema, there are several treatment options that can help mitigate symptoms, including swelling and pain. Our center at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute proudly offers a host of cutting-edge lymphedema treatment and therapy procedures, including:
- Comprehensive physical therapy and decongestive therapy programs
- Specially-designed arm and leg wraps that facilitate lymph fluid back into the body’s core
- Compression garments for exercise
- Massage therapy using a specific technique known as manual lymph drainage
To learn more about our lymphedema treatment procedures and to schedule an appointment with our medical professionals, contact our office today!