Lymphedema Therapy

Improving the Overall Quality of Life for People With Lymphedema

The Lymphedema Program provides a comprehensive approach to caring for patients with both primary and secondary lymphedema, chronic venous insufficiency and postoperative trauma or swelling caused by injury, infection, insect bites and radiation. The program also treats individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia, arthritis and reflex sympathetic dystrophy. 

Our certified lymphedema therapists work closely with patients — teaching them the skills necessary to manage their conditions independently and help them get back to the activities they enjoy with the greatest degree of health possible. 

Lymphedema Therapy 

Lymphedema Program Goals

  • Decrease fibrotic tissue hardening
  • Decrease lymphedema (fluid buildup)  
  • Increase function and comfort
  • Promote wound closure
  • Provide patient education

Lymphedema Program Services

  • Bandaging
  • Community resources
  • Complete decongestive therapy
  • Home program
    -Active range of motion (ROM) and stretching
    -Self-manual lymph drainage 
  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Patient and family education
  • Precautions and skin care

Who's at Risk?
Certain individuals are at an increased risk of developing lymphedema based on a variety of different factors. Be sure to follow the proper precautions for reducing your risk of developing lymphedema and contact your physician immediately if you experience any possible lymphedema symptoms.

Find a Physical Therapy Doctor
To find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.

For More Information
To learn more about the Lymphedema Program at Sharp Memorial Hospital, call 858-939-6949. If you are interested in lymphedema therapy at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, call 619-591-7900.