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Lymphedema treatment added to list of therapy services

December 09, 2022 

Individuals diagnosed from Lymphedema now have local experts to turn to at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. The hospital’s occupational therapy team was recently certified in complete decongestive therapy (CDT). This state-of-the-art treatment recommended by the International Society of Lymphology helps patients suffering from symptoms brought on by Lymphedema.

Lymphedema is a condition resulting in the swelling of one or more limbs and often the corresponding quadrant of the trunk, face, neck and/or genitals, caused by the disruption of the lymphatic system. If untreated, swelling will worsen, the tissue can become harder and more painful, and there is an increased risk of infection.

“We are delighted to bring these treatment options to the Shelbyville community,” said Tammy Probst, MBA, director of rehabilitation services at Good Shepherd Hospital. “Two of our therapists were trained by some of the top experts in the field and are ready to engage with our community on the benefits of this new treatment.”

CDT often includes two to four weeks of treatment and the independent use of compression garments at home. Key treatment components include: 

  • Manual lymph drainage 
  • Compression bandaging 
  • Skin care 
  • Exercise 
  • Compression garment fitting

With treatment adherence and use of compression garments, results may include: 

  • Maintained reduction of swelling 
  • Wound healing and reduced risk of infection 
  • Softened skin texture and improved skin health 
  • Improved quality of life through effective swelling control

Treatment is available at HSHS Good Shepherd with a referral from your physician and an appointment. For more information on CDT or any other type of therapy, please contact Good Shepherd Outpatient Therapy Services at 217-774-6434. 

Lymphedema treatment added to list of therapy services