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Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema treatment to patient's wrist

Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid in a region of the body when the lymphatic system is compromised and unable to manage the flow of lymphatic fluid that can affect people of all ages for a variety of reasons. The fluid causes swelling and discomfort. While there are many unanswered questions about lymphedema, there is a great deal that can be done to treat it.

Our therapists use an interdisciplinary approach to lymphedema treatment, with ongoing communication between therapist, patient and physician. The primary goals of therapy include reduction of swelling, patient education, exercise and improved quality of life.

Lymphedema Management

While there is no cure for lymphedema, it can be successfully treated and managed through a complete decongestive therapy program. An individualized treatment approach is developed based on the physician’s prescription, a thorough evaluation, and discussion with you about your goals and needs. Treatment includes some combination of:

  • Manual lymph drainage: Gentle rhythmic massage to promote the flow of lymph fluid and empty fluid-filled areas .
  • Compression therapy: Application of layers of low-stretch bandages to help minimize swelling by providing resistance against the skin and muscles underneath.
  • Decongestive exercises: You will be taught specific flexibility, strengthening, posture, breathing and aerobic exercises designed to improve lymphatic flow and help control lymphedema.
  • Skin and nail care: Since infections can be a serious complication of lymphedema, you will be instructed in meticulous hygiene to eliminate bacterial and fungal growth to reduce the chance of infection.
  • Home management: Many lifestyle modifications can impact lymphatic potential, and your needs and questions will be addressed. Throughout the rehabilitation program, whether you need to be seen once or for ongoing treatments, we will be educating you so that you have the knowledge and skills to manage your particular needs independently.

Since 2020, the lymphedema program at Sibley Memorial Hospital has offered state-of-the-art body composition analysis to monitor and track changes in edema for our physical and occupational therapy patients recovering from cancer treatments. In addition, this system can track changes in body fat, muscle mass and basal metabolic rate.

 

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Patient Resource Center
The Patient Resource Center provides assistance between appointments with your physician. For assistance between therapy appointments, please contact the clinic location.
Phone:  410-614-4030 | Fax: 410-614-4033

Meet Our Therapists

  • Holly Brook-Cotton | Physical Therapist Assistant

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: lymphedema, oncology, pelvic health
    Location: Odenton
    portrait of Holly Brook-Cotton
  • Opalyn De Vera | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: lymphedema, oncology
    Location: Lutherville
    portrait of Opalyn De Vera
  • Susanne Faux | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, falls/balance, lymphedema, neurologic rehabilitation
    Location: Columbia
    portrait of Susanne Faux
  • Laurie Fitz | Physical Therapist, Clinical Resource Analyst

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology deconditioning
    Location: Baltimore
    portrait of Laurie Fitz
  • Christina Garcia | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: lymphedema
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Kathleen Jefferies | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, lymphedema, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthosis fabrication
    Locations: Lutherville and White Marsh
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  • Dawn Kutcher | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: White Marsh
    portrait of Dawn Kutcher
  • Kathy McGinty | Physical Therapist Assistant

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology, oncology deconditioning
    Location: Lutherville
    portrait of Kathy McGinty
  • Amanda McQueen | Team Lead, Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology deconditioning, orthopedics
    Locations: Columbia and Odenton
    portrait of Amanda McQueen
  • Kimberly Middleton | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology
    Location: Columbia
    portrait of Kimberly Middleton
  • Jennifer Nicholas | Team Coordinator, Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, oncology, orthopedics, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Lutherville
    portrait of Jennifer Nicholas
  • Heather Prender | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology deconditioning
    Location: Lutherville
    portrait of Heather Prender
  • Jyo Supnekar | Clinical Specialist, JHH Hand Therapy Fellowship Director

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Neuro-developmental Treatment for stroke
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, neurologic rehabilitation, oncology, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: White Marsh
    portrait of Jyo Supnekar
  • Nicole Tannahill | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: lymphedema, oncology, orthopedics, total joint rehabilitation
    Location: Odenton
    portrait of Nicole Tannahill

Find a Therapist at Other Locations

The Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network offer multiple convenient locations, all of which use the latest rehabilitation tools and practice patient-centered care to help you achieve the best outcomes.

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