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Outpatient Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy for Lymphedema

The standard treatment for lymphedema is a customized program of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) consists of:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Education in prophylactic methods
  • Specialized compression bandages
  • Fitting for compression garments
  • Patient specific exercise
  • Skin care and ongoing self care

The Goals of Treatment are to:

  • Decongest the swollen area
  • Reduce fibrotic tissue
  • Avoid the re-accumulation of lymph fluid
  • Prevent and eliminate infections
  • Maintain normal or near normal size of the limb(s)

The physical therapists will provide you with education on risk reduction practices related to skin care, avoiding limb constriction, compression garment use, and avoiding extremes of temperature. They will also advise you on safe exercise, as exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Persons with lymphedema can safely perform exercises using their affected body part(s) when compression garments are properly worn, the affected body part is not exercised to fatigue and appropriate modifications are made to prevent trauma.

The Lymphedema Therapy Team

The physical therapists of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center are Lymphology Association of North America/LANA certified or LANA eligible. Therapists are recognized by the National Lymphedema Network. All of our therapists are extremely experienced and qualified to treat all types of lymphedema.

Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Contact Info

    Phone: 703.558.6507
    Fax: 703.558.5715
  • Hours

    Monday - Thursday
    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

    7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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    Main Hospital:
    Parking A, 1st Floor

    Carlin Springs Campus (The Aquatic Center):
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1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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