Lymphedema is a condition in which the lymph system is damaged or blocked and fluid builds up in soft body tissues and causes swelling. 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 and 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.