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Lymphedema Management Services

Physical therapists at UI Health offer a comprehensive approach to the management of lymphedema, 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 weakness. 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 certified lymphedema therapists at UI Health combine the principles of complete decongestive therapy along with the needs and goals of the patient to develop an individualized plan to manage the condition. 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.

Location and Hours

Our clinic hours are Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

University of Illinois Hospital, Suite C-100
1740 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612

A physician referral is required. We then will contact your insurance and your case manager for authorization prior to scheduling your appointment. For more information, please call 312.996.3700. We can be reached by fax at 312.996.1457.