Typically associated with breast cancer, lymphedema is swelling caused by fluid buildup in the soft tissue that can result from of surgical removal of lymph nodes from the head and neck region and/or from radiation therapy. If possible, it is advisable to consult with a physical therapist before you start treatment in order to establish baseline measurements should swelling develop following treatment.
As a certified lymphedema therapist, Kim uses a variety of techniques to lessen the effects of the lymphedema including manual decongestive therapy, compression garments and education for home management of this condition. Click to read more about Lymphedema treatment.
Signs of lymphedema include:
- Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, neck, or area below the chin
- Discomfort or tightness in any of the affected areas
- Decreased vision because of swollen eyelids
- Difficulty eating due to swelling inside the mouth
- Nasal congestion or chronic middle ear pain, if swelling is severe