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Lymphedema Management Services

Lymphedema is caused by an abnormality in the lymphatic system that leads to the development of swelling in the tissues of the body. Some people are born with lymphatic systems that are deficient and others acquire it due to medical illness. Any part of the body can be affected by lymphedema, but it is most commonly noted in the arms of legs. Lymphedema can cause discomfort, loss of function, and debility. The earlier that lymphedema is diagnosed the better the outcome of treatment. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, with the appropriate treatment, lymphedema can be managed.

The physical therapists at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System offer a comprehensive approach to the management of lymphedema. The certified lymphedema therapists at UI Health combine the principles of complete decongestive therapy along with the needs and goals of the patient to guide the development of an individualized plan to manage the lymphedema. Complete decongestive therapy includes skin care, manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, and exercise. A primary goal of the lymphedema program at UI Health is to empower the patients with the knowledge and skills that they need to manage their lymphedema in their home environment.

Our clinic hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment please contact:

Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy

1740 W. Taylor St., STE. C-100
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312.996.3700
Fax: 312.996.1457

* Please contact your physician for a referral (required) and your insurance for authorization (if required) prior to scheduling your appointment.

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