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You'll need a referral for rehabilitation services at Virginia Hospital Center. For more information, talk to your doctor or call us at 703.558.6507.

Physical Therapy for Lymphedema

When you need help managing lymphedema—swelling caused by a blockage in your lymphatic system—turn to the experienced physical therapists at Virginia Hospital Center.

Trained in Lymphedema Care

Feel confident that our physical therapists are qualified to treat all types of lymphedema because they are:

  • Lymphology Association of North America/LANA-certified or LANA-eligible
  • Recognized by the National Lymphedema Network

Complete Decongestive Therapy

Your therapist will design a customized Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) program for you that may include:

  • Compression garments
  • Education in prophylactic methods
  • Exercises
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Specialized compression bandages
  • Skin care and ongoing self-care

Goals of Lymphedema Therapy

Follow your care plan to:

  • Decrease swelling
  • Reduce fibrotic tissue
  • Avoid the reaccumulation of lymph fluid
  • Prevent and eliminate infections
  • Maintain normal or near-normal size of the limb(s)

Access Mayo Clinic’s Expertise

As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Virginia Hospital Center brings the world-renowned expertise and knowledge of Mayo Clinic to our community. How can I access the expertise of Mayo Clinic? It’s simple – all you need is to be under the care of a physician on Virginia Hospital’s Center medical Staff. 

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    1701 N George Mason Drive
    Arlington, VA 22205