Lymphedema occurs when fluids build up in soft body tissues and cause swelling, damaging the lymph system. It can be caused by a number of things, including cancer treatment, removal of the lymph nodes, infection, trauma and surgery. If left untreated, swelling can progressively worsen and patients can experience infections, trouble moving and participating in everyday activities.

The lymphedema rehabilitation program through the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network provides services to reduce swelling through decongestive exercise, compression and manual drainage techniques. Our patients also receive education and support to help them manage their lymphedema at home.

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