The Lymphedema Program at Michigan Medicine is a National Lymphedema Network (NLN) recognized treatment center.
Lymphedema is the chronic swelling of tissue which may cause increased risk for infection, poor wound healing and pain. It may also lead to altered function of the limb, impaired ability to participate in activities of daily living and a change in self-image. Chronic swelling may be the result of cardiovascular disease, organ failure, cancer/cancer treatment, trauma, surgery, or it can be the result of a congenital condition.
Occupational and physical therapists performing lymphedema management have had specialized training and are certified either by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) or certified by various schools from which they received instruction.
Lymphedema/edema management and treatment include:
• Skin integrity and care
• Manual lymphatic drainage
• Stretching and tissue mobilization
• Exercise and functional activity
• Instruction in self-management techniques
• Sequential pump use (traditional sequential pump such as Lymphapress or Biocompression,
Flexitouch, or VES)
• Compression garment fitting and don/doff instruction
• Healthy Living including: sleep hygiene, food selection, posture/positioning, and instruction in risk
OT/PT Clinic Sites for Lymphedema Management:
Med Rehab Canton Health Center
1051 N. Canton Center Rd.
Canton, MI 48187
The Spine Program and Burlington OT/PT
325 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Dominos Farm Wound Care Center in Lobby M
2951 Earhart Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48106