The lymphatic system is a network of vessels in your body that maintains fluid balance and defends the body against infection and diseases.

Lymphedema occurs when a collection of protein-rich fluid retains in the body caused by a compromised lymphatic system. This can lead to swelling in your trunk, arms and legs. Lymphedema can be congenital or acquired caused by cancer, surgery, radiation, infection and injury.

Physical therapy provides services by certified lymphedema therapists to control and manage swelling to help decrease pain, increase function and improve quality of life.

UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center’s Lymphedema program consists of:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
  • Compression (bandaging, garments, pneumatic pumps)
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Patient/Family education
  • Measurement and fitting for compression garment