Lymphedema Management

Lymphedema specialists are occupational and/or physical therapists with training in the management of lymphedema. Treatments are provided to control the swelling caused by lymphedema, and aim to keep other problems from developing or getting worse. The goal of the various treatments is to help patients continue with activities of daily living, to decrease pain and to improve the ability to move the limb (arm or leg) with lymphedema. Our lymphedema specialists are Maud Monnet, PT and Sue Dukart, OTR/L, CHT. This service is offered at our East Fort Collins Clinic.

Lymphedema Management Services

  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage – a treatment in which the soft tissues of the body are lightly massaged to help move lymph out of the swollen area into an area with working lymph vessels.
  • Pressure Garments – Pressure garments, made of fabric, that put a controlled amount of pressure on different parts of the arm or leg to help move fluid and keep it from building up. Some patients may need to have these garments custom-made for a correct fit. Wearing a compression sleeve during exercise may help prevent more swelling in an affected limb. Pressure garments are also called compression sleeves, lymphedema sleeves or stockings.
  • Bandages – Once the lymph fluid is moved out of a swollen limb, bandaging (wrapping) can help to prevent the area from refilling with fluid. Bandages also increase the ability of the lymph vessels to move lymph along. Lymphedema that has not improved with other treatments is sometimes helped with bandaging.
  • Exercise – Both light exercise and aerobic exercise (physical activity that causes the heart and lungs to work harder) may help the lymph vessels move lymph out of the affected limb and decrease swelling.
  • Compression Device – Compression devices are pumps connected to a sleeve that wraps around the arm or leg and applies pressure on and off. The sleeve is inflated and deflated on a timed cycle. This pumping action may help move fluid through lymph vessels and veins, and keep fluid from building up in the arm or leg. Compression devices may be helpful when added to the therapy program. The use of these devices should be supervised by a trained professional because too much pressure can damage lymph vessels near the surface of the skin.
  • Self-Management Education – Our therapist place a high priority on teaching skills to help patients learn how to manage lymphedema symptoms. This includes education regarding preventive techniques, compression options, self-lymphatic drainage massage and symptoms to watch for as an indication of needing further professional assistance.

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From the very first treatment with Tim I knew I was on the road to recovery. A combination of dry needling, manipulation, home exercises relieved my chronic leg pain caused by a herniated disk. I was in severe pain and limited mobility for more than 3 years. I’ve had 4 treatments and I’m back on…

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Tim has been helping me deal with various running and cycling injuries for a couple of years. They have included hip, back, calf, and knee issues. The at-home exercises he recommended helped so much, and I am now running and cycling pain free. He also recommended a specific strength training program. I am so grateful…

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I was in a horrible car accident and had tried many specialized treatments for pain and pain management for more than a year before it was suggested (by a foot doctor) to have Physical Therapy at CIM. Three months ago I started working with David at the College/Harmony facility. What a difference he has made…

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Through a combination of dry needling and exercises, Terry had my lower back pain gone within a few weeks. His approach to care is great — educate the patient, give ’em the necessary tools, and the healing happens.

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Terry is phenomenal. I’m a runner that has been working on a variety of issues for quite a while and I very recently saw Terry. I’ve had chronic Plantar Fasciitis and Terry has gotten it taken care of. His use of ASTYM has been great and my return to running has been much faster than…

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I worked with John Zapanta this fall for joint pain and had terrific results. I was often amazed with the progress made. John’s personality, talent and enthusiasm regarding my recovery made the process more enjoyable than I would have thought possible. I was impressed that he often would follow up with an e-mail with photos…

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I was referred to Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists and saw John. He was very helpful in easing the pain in my shoulder and gave me exercises to do at home in short increments of time that would fit into my schedule, but would still accomplish the goal. He will listen to any concerns, is very…

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