Lymphedema Treatment Program

Harrington is proud to offer a full service Lymphedema Treatment Clinic as part of its Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Department.

What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema often begins with swelling in the hands or feet. If you notice persistent swelling in an extremity, it is very important that you seek immediate medical advice. Early diagnosis and treatment improves both the prognosis and the condition. When lymphedema remains untreated, the limb becomes more edematous and the skin hardens, losing its elasticity (fibrosis). Moreover, untreated lymphedema leads to infection and, sometimes, irreversible complications.

What causes Lymphedema?
Lymphedema occurs as a result of damage to, or structural problems within the lymphatic system. Because the normal flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body is blocked, swelling occurs. Sometimes people develop lymphedema for no obvious reason.

Lymphedema Treatment
The certified lymphedema treatment specialistat Harrington will provide a comprehensive treatment program that will reduce the swelling, will assist in the restorationof proper skin integrity, and - mostimportantly - will enable the personbeing treated to continue to manage their lymphedema at home. This is done using a method called Complete Decongestive Therapy which consists of:

1. Manual Lymphatic Drainage -
2. Proper Skin Care
3. Compression Bandaging/Custom Fit Garments
4. Decongestive exercises
5. Instruction/Ongoing Care

Harrington's Lymphedema Program is offered at The Cancer Center at Harrington (55 Sayles Street, Southbridge), as well as our Rehabilitation Department for Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard (72 Cudworth Road, Webster).

For more information, please call 508-765-3120 or view our brochure here.