What is the role of physical therapy and compression in the treatment of lymphedema?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The first-line treatment for lymphedema is complex physical therapy. [3] This treatment is aimed at improving lymphedema with manual lymphatic drainage, massage, and exercise. It advocates the use of compression stockings (at a minimum of 40 mm Hg), [68] multilayer bandaging, or pneumatic pumps. Leg elevation is essential.


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