Coming in May... Dr. Tiffany Prangnell, PT, DPT, ATC, CLT-LANA, Cert. MDT and her associate, Dr. Christine LaChance PT, DPT, CLT, will be speaking about Lymphedema and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) on May 10th. CDT is the main treatment for lymphedema. Experts who treat lymphe-dema consider CDT the “gold standard” of treatment. CDT has been shown to be safe and effective.
Components of CDT include:
1. Manual lymph drainage (MLD) 2. Multi-layer, short-stretch compression bandaging 3. Lymphatic exercise 4. Skin care 5. Education in lymphedema self-management, and elastic compression garments
Effects of CDT are to:
1. Decrease swelling 2. Increase lymph drainage from the congested areas 3. Reduce skin fibrosis and improve the skin condition 4. Enhance patient’s functional status 5. relieve discomfort and improve quality of life 6. Reduce the risk of cellulitis a nd a rare form of angiosarcoma.