“For those experiencing swelling due to lymph node removal or cancer treatments, lymphedema services can be very beneficial,” explained Occupational Therapist Amanda Arneson, MOTR/L, CLT, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
Lymphedema is a pooling of lymph fluid that results in swelling in a portion of the body. If left untreated, the collection of protein-rich fluid provides a culture rich for infection and inflammatory processes. Reduced oxygen transport then decreases healing to compromised tissues and wounds.
Lymphedema is a progressive condition characterized by:
- Excessive protein in the tissues
- Excessive fluid in the tissues
- Chronic inflammatory reactions
- Excessive deposition of fibrous tissues
“We began seeing more and more patients experiencing the effects of lymphedema, so Amanda became certified to provide treatment for our patients,” said Director of the therapy department, Taylor Nelson, PT, DPT.
Patients will now be available to receive the following treatments at MRHC:
- Manual lymph drainage
- Compression bandaging
- Compression garments
- Exercise and elevation
- Education in self-management
To schedule a lymphedema consultation with Amanda at MRHC, call (712) 655-8298.