Lymphedema is a chronic condition where fluid builds up in the tissues, causing swelling of the arm, leg, trunk, head, and neck. It occurs after trauma, surgery, removal of lymph nodes and/or radiation treatment.
Signs and symptoms:
- Tight, achy feeling in tissues
- Arm or leg easily tires and feels heavy
- Visual swelling in arm, leg, head, neck, or chest
Therapy can reduce swelling, increase mobility in joints and muscles, and decrease the risk of further complications.