Lymphedema

The Less-talked-about Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

By Robert Donati, PT, CLT, Aquacare Physical Therapy This is the second part of a 2-part series on breast cancer diagnosis and its outcomes.   When we talk about breast cancer we may think about pink ribbons, or about the testing leading to diagnosis, staging, radiation, chemotherapy, and surgical procedures.  However, while breast cancer is […]

Written by on October 20, 2023

Guide to Breast Cancer Surgery Recovery

By Robert F.Donati, PT, CLT This is Part One of a 2-part series on breast cancer diagnosis and outcomes, including returning to pre-cancer activities. October has been designated as breast cancer awareness month for the last four decades and has been signified with the use of the pink ribbon to bring attention to breast cancer. […]

Written by on October 20, 2023

How do I know it’s Lymphedema?

By Robert Donati, PT, CLT, Aquacare Physical Therapy I often hear from patients that they have experienced swelling for many months or even years before finding out it is lymphedema. While lymphedema is considered a rare ailment, affecting about 1 in 1,000 Americans, it often goes undiagnosed because people think swelling is just a temporary […]

Written by on June 19, 2023

What is Lymphedema?

By Ashley Christenson, DPT, Aquacare Physical Therapy March is Lymphedema Awareness Month, so it is a great time to learn about lymphedema and our body’s lymphatic system. Perhaps you have heard the term lymphatic system or lymphedema, but what really is this system and how do people end up with lymphedema? The lymphatic system is […]

Written by on March 8, 2023

Should You Be Concerned About Swelling?

Have you been dealing with swelling of your legs, ankles, or arms? How do you know if it is just swelling or something more serious? What is swelling? Swelling is an accumulation of fluid in a body part that causes an enlargement of that area. Swelling is most often referred to as edema which is […]

Written by on February 28, 2023

Aquatic Therapy Following Breast Cancer

By Susan Conklin, MPT, CLT  Did you know patients who have had breast cancer surgery or radiation treatment, have a higher risk of developing breast cancer-related lymphedema? Lymphedema is swelling caused by removal or injury to the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are responsible for moving lymph fluid around our body, so when they are damaged, […]

Written by on February 28, 2020

Compression Stockings for Lymphedema

Should You Be wearing Compression Stockings For Lymphedema?? Why Do Individuals Use Compression Stockings? Many people are turning to compression socks today for a variety of reasons and there are various benefits. Whether you are pregnant, an athlete, have a medical condition, or are simply on your feet all day for work, compression socks may […]

Written by on June 14, 2019