A diagnosis of lymphedema, edema, or lipedema can be overwhelming. The good news is treatment by a certified lymphedema specialist can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. While the general rehabilitation plan for these three conditions are similar, actual treatment plans and therapy takes into account their differing complexities, nuances, and health of the patient.
It’s not just cancer patients that suffer from arm or leg swelling. Vascular issues can cause edema and lipedema, which is an excess accumulation of fat, may have an underlying vascular component, but is generally an issue of excess fat and is often hereditary. Both are primarily treated through advanced lymphedema protocols.
Kim Marshall, DPT, CLT has more than 15 years of experience in this highly-specialized field. She is a certified lymphedema specialist, a certified in oncology rehabilitation, and is a member of the oncology section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Lymphedema Network, and LE&RN (Lymphatic Education & Research Network).
Her success stems from combining her vast clinical experience with evidence-based science to generate results for her patients with customized treatment plans. No where is this more evident than her recent efforts to develop pre- and post-surgical treatment protocols for the pioneering lymphovenous bypass and vascularized lymph node transfer procedures.