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Lymphedema Therapy at Carolina Pointe II

Located at 6011 Farrington Rd. Suite 304, Chapel Hill 27517 Phone: (919) 957-6600

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the swelling and soft tissue changes that occur in the area of the body where an injury has occurred to the lymphatic system.  If the lymph vessels are unable to transport lymph fluid, it begins to accumulate in the tissues causing swelling.  This build-up of lymph fluid in the skin is known as lymphedema.  Once this condition occurs, the swelling may increase if not treated.  Lymphedema is a chronic, progressive condition that requires lifetime management, but fortunately there is treatment. 

 

What is the cause of Lymphedema?

Primary lymphedema is caused by congenital malformations of the lymph system.  Secondary lymphedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system.  Examples include: surgery and radiation for cancer treatment, significant trauma, infections, chronic venous insufficiency, and obesity.

 

Symptoms of Lymphedema

  • Swelling in the involved limb or trunk
  • Heaviness or aching in the limb or trunk
  • Loss of flexibility in the involved joints
  • Weakness in the involved arm or leg
  • Tightness or changes in skin texture
  • Tight clothing, shoes, or jewelry

 

Treatment for Lymphedema

Treatment varies depending on the severity of the swelling, but consists of four components to include: skin care, exercise, manual lymphatic massage, and compression garments/devices.  Consult our certified lymphedema therapists at UNC Health Care to determine how best to treat your swelling. 

 

We offer a free lymphedema information class at Carolina Pointe II from 1-2pm the first Wednesday every month.  No registration required.

 

To schedule an appointment

Call (919) 957-6600

or

 Have your doctor fax a referral to (919) 489-9173

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