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Lymphedema Program

Although lymphedema is a debilitating progressive condition with no known cure, it’s important to know that it can be managed. Through the outpatient program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, we can help improve comfort and regain function. 

At Miami Valley Hospital’s Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, we offer research-based care to help patients control the effects of lymphedema.Our objective is to teach patients and their family members about effective, independent self-treatment.

Lymphedema Evaluation

Lymphedema is a swelling brought about by a blockage in the body’s lymphatic system. Causes can include trauma, surgical removal of lymph nodes in fighting breast cancer, or simply poor lymphatic drainage. Swelling frequently occurs in the head, neck, limbs, breast or trunk, and may be acute, intermittent or chronic (long duration). Often, it causes pain, reduced function, and limited mobility.

Treatment Plan

At the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, we offer research-based care to help patients control the effects of lymphedema. Our physical therapists are trained and certified in manual lymph drainage therapy.

After evaluation, your treatment plan could include:

  • Bandaging, to provide compression
  • Education about the condition, precautions and skin care
  • Instruction on massage, bandaging techniques and exercise
  • Manual decongestive lymph drainage
  • Recommendations, as appropriate, for long-term support and compression garments
  • Therapeutic exercise

Certified Therapists

Our therapists are trained and certified in complete manual lymph drainage therapy.

Learn More About Lymphedema Treatments

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Content Updated: November 26, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Rehabilitation Services.
Outpatient Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Coffman Family YMCA
90 Remick Blvd. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at Claybourne Medical Center
1525 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH  45429
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Huber Heights, OH  45424
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Rehabilitation at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at the Wright Health Building
1222 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH  45402
Rehabilitation in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Rehabilitation in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
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