This newly opened facility addresses the needs of patients who have swelling in a body part (usually a limb) because of an accumulation of lymph fluid just under the skin. There is no cure for this chronic condition, which can be congenital or caused by radiation damage or the removal of lymph nodes during breast cancer and certain other surgeries. Physiotherapy can help relieve symptoms through manual lymph drainage and compression. Phase I treatment typically involves one hour of therapy per day for 3 – 6 weeks. Patients are also fitted with compression sleeves or stockings, which they should continue to wear on an ongoing basis.
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