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Houston Lymphedema Clinic

Lymphedema Therapy Specialists is a private, outpatient Lymphedema clinic located in Houston, TX. Our providers and clinicians have years of experience treating Lymphedema. We are committed to helping our patients achieve the lowest possible level of swelling and providing them with the education and resources needed to maintain and manage their swelling and symptoms.

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As with any condition, early detection and treatment can prevent further and more serious consequences. Some initial signs and symptoms of Lymphedema include a feeling of heaviness, tightness, or fullness of affected areas.  Patients that receive treatment right away can avoid complications such as infection or wounds. If you think you may have Lymphedema, please contact us immediately.

Improving Lymphedema can be achieved by a variety of treatment techniques. Our Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy program uses a combination of manual therapy, compression bandaging, pneumatic compression pump therapy, garments and wound care. Our medical professionals are highly educated with specialized training to successfully treat your symptoms.

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Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), developed by Dr. Emil & Dr. Estrid Vodder in 1932, is a manual therapy similar to a massage designed to encourage the circulation of lymph fluid out of the swollen area and back through the lymphatic system. Medical professionals can attend extensive schooling and training to become certified in MLD.

With it’s proven efficacy in reducing swelling in Lymphedema patients, MLD is a staple of Lymphedema treatment. Doctors often recommend patients who have undergone specific surgeries or treatments to get MLD, also referred to as a lymphatic massage, as it is preventative care to prevent swelling and the development of Lymphedema.

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Lymphedema Treatment

In addition to manual lymph drainage, other therapies can also assist patients that suffer from lymphedema. Pneumatic compression therapy is well-established as a component of lymphedema therapy and works by improving venous circulation for anyone suffering from venous insufficiency. Compression of the limb may be applied in various ways including multi-layer bandaging, compression stockings, custom compression garments, and compression orthotics.

One of the most important ways to help a patient in managing their condition is through education on prevention and therapy. Our trained therapists will help you understand how lymphedema occurs as well as proper precautions that can be taken to minimize swelling and other associated effects. A full evaluation must be completed before starting additional compression techniques to prevent swelling.

By developing an at-home plan for self-management, a patient can see much better results than just getting one massage. Home treatment components include compression garments, gradient compression bandaging, intermittent pneumatic compression devices, meticulous skin and nail care, and daily exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help to manage symptoms.

If the patient has wounds related to their Lymphedema, these wounds will be treated by cleaning the wound and surrounding area and applying whatever our wound care expert recommends specific to the patient. If the patient has severe wounds, they do have the option of an IV antibiotic treatment which will help even the most severe wounds to heal rapidly. Get the support and relief that you deserve by working with our top clinic!

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Lymph Fluid

What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is considered a long-term condition where excess fluid collects in the tissues of the body and causes extreme swelling. The fluid that circulates throughout the lymphatic system is called lymph. When excess lymph fluid accumulates, swelling occurs and often causes pain and discomfort such as feelings of heaviness or pressure to extremities.

The lymphatic system is vital in keeping the body’s immune system functioning properly. Your lymphatic system is a network of organs, cells, ducts, and lymph nodes that can be found throughout your body. Untreated lymphedema can lead to lymphangitis, or inflammation of the lymphatic system, which is a major component of your immune system. Lymphangitis can spread rapidly, which can lead to complications such as cellulitis, a skin infection, or sepsis, a bodily infection that can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

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Lymphedema Causes

Hereditary, or primary, lymphedema is caused by genetic mutation. Hereditary lymphedema is a rare, inherited condition caused by problems with the development of lymph vessels in your body. Specific causes of hereditary lymphedema include:

Milroy’s disease is a disorder that begins in infancy and is caused by congenital abnormalities in the lymphatic system.

Meige’s disease (lymphedema praecox) is a disorder that often presents in adolescent years, around puberty, or during pregnancy, before age 35.

Late-onset lymphedema is the rarest form of hereditary lymphedema manifesting after the age of 35.

Lymphedema can have many causes. It commonly affects one or both of the arms or legs and can be both uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Some patients may experience swelling of the head, neck, chest, or genitals. When the lymphedema occurs in the head or neck, it can affect critical functions such as swallowing and breathing.

Secondary Lymphedema can have many causes such as infectious and inflammatory diseases as well as cancer or cancer treatments among others. With proper treatment, we can managed to reduce symptoms and discomfort.

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a helpful process to maintain the lymphatic system in good condition for optimum health. The main purpose of the lymphatic system is to encourage the immune system to operate well during the normal process of cleaning and nourishing all the cells in the body, regardless of their function. A lymphatic system that is functioning poorly can adversely affect every part of the body. Lymphatic drainage techniques can mitigate the effects of unhealthy lifestyle choices and environmental pollutants that can compromise the immune system.

Lymphatic drainage is done through a combination of techniques that are specifically designed to stimulate the flow of lymph in the body. People may benefit from lymphatic drainage to treat a wide array of disorders, from edema (swelling) to wrinkles.

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Lymphatic System

Benefits to Lymphatic Drainage

In addition to being of benefit to those suffering from lymphedema, the following is a list of a few problems that can be eased by lymphatic drainage:

– Edema, or swelling of certain body parts, which may be the result of traumatic injury, menstrual problems, or skin disorders.
– Skin disorders, such as acne, rosacea, eczema and seborrhea
– Metabolic problems, including fatigue, sleep disorders, chronic pain and stress
– Gastrointestinal issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), celiac and
– Crohn’s disease
– Rheumatology disorders, like arthritis and osteoporosis
– Neurologic problems such as migraines and vertigo

Lymphatic drainage is sometimes used for people dealing with such issues as arthritis, orthopedic injuries, knee or hip surgery, systemic sclerosis, chronic venous insufficiency, and swelling and fatigue associated with menopause. Contrary to popular belief, lymphatic drainage is beneficial to those that have no underlying health problems as a means of keeping the lymph system healthy before any problems arise. At LTS, our therapy specialists are highly trained in all the areas of lymphatic drainage to be able to help those that have any of these specific conditions that need to be addressed.

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphedema Therapy Specialists utilize a variety of techniques designed to manage your symptoms, regardless of the specific or underlying cause of the condition. The treatment program begins with administering a manual lymphatic drainage massage, which is a series of guided, compressing, stretching, and cupping movements that are applied all over the body. The purposeful, light, rhythmic motions are done in a sequence to make sure that no lymph is trapped anywhere in the body. It is performed without using any massage oils. The manual lymphatic drainage massage helps to stimulate the lymphatic systems without taxing the blood vessels so that the lymph moves easily through tissues and lymph glands.

This is quite different from a regular or spa massage. The lymphatic drainage massage was developed in the 1930s by a Danish couple under the sequence of what they called Lymphology. Though it has been modified over the years by different therapists for different purposes other than just the lymphatic system in the body, the sequence is still practiced today. Many individuals incorporate lymphatic drainage massage into their wellness routines for its skin and organ detoxification benefits. Most people choose LDM to cleanse the body’s tissues during the change of seasons, after an illness or injury or following a particularly stressful time in life.

Lymphatic drainage massage is helpful to treat pain, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions, headaches, and much more. It has also been used post-surgery to flush toxins out of the body including anesthesia. LDM has been proven to be effective in treating lymphedema for almost a century. Our licensed and highly trained therapists have many resources to use in conjunction with the lymphatic drainage massage, which makes this therapy more useful than any regular or spa type treatment particularly for managing symptoms. Get the relief you need by working with the top area clinic.

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What We Do

Lymphedema affects about 200 million people worldwide and up to 10 million Americans suffer from this chronic illness. In fact, more people suffer from these diseases in the United States than suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS — combined. While there is presently no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed with early diagnosis and diligent care of your affected limb.

Lymphedema Therapy Specialists offers the full range of services and medical devices and garments to help ease the suffering that accompanies the condition of lymphedema and associated symptoms. Our highly educated and trained therapists are medical professionals that have helped thousands of patients to manage their lymphedema successfully over the years. Since this disease can be a lifelong journey for those affected, it is key to utilize every technique when appropriate both in our facility and at home to help patients to manage the symptoms. Get the support and relief that you deserve from the top lymphedema clinic in Houston, TX.

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How We Can Help

It is our mission to ease the suffering of so many that develop lymphedema during their lives before further complications lead to life-threatening diseases. With so many people in the Houston, Texas area alone suffering from lymphedema, we are constantly treating those who are affected by this painful and debilitating condition. With proper attention, these difficult symptoms can easily be managed and decreased over time. It takes commitment on the part of the patient to work with us through the rehabilitation process and continue the necessary treatments at home as well.

If you notice persistent swelling in either or both legs, arms, torso, neck, head, or groin that makes your limbs feel heavy, constricted, painful, we urge you to make an appointment as soon as possible to be diagnosed properly. Lymphedema Therapy Specialists can help you to determine if you are indeed suffering from lymphedema at our initial consultation. If you have already been diagnosed, and you see a dramatic increase in the size of the involved limb, we would like to begin the evaluation and treatment program to get you back on the road to wellness.

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At Lymphedema Therapy Specialists, we know how difficult it can be to live with a lifelong illness such as lymphedema. We know how painful and debilitating it can be to live with the symptoms. We also know exactly how to treat your illness with myriad techniques, tools, and lifestyle changes to help you over the long term. Though lymphedema is not curable, it is manageable. All it takes is finding the right therapists, taking the recommended treatments, and starting on a home program that supports your therapy along the way.

Please do not wait until further complications lead to you lose more quality of life. By catching lymphedema before it leads to surgeries and further suffering, you are assured to have much better results than if you wait to get diagnosed. It is possible for you to live a healthy, happy, long life even with a disease that needs to be managed. In fact, by taking care of yourself throughout your treatment, you may find that you are in better health than you were before your diagnosis. It is our goal to help you to recover to the extent that you can so that you can enjoy life to the fullest now and far into the future. At LTS, we care about you and your journey. Reach out to us today and see the benefits of working with the top lymphedema clinic in Houston, TX.

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