We offer Lymphedema services in our outpatient rehab department. Our Certified Lymphedema Therapists tailor treatment plans to the individual patient. At the first appointment, we review the patient’s medical history and current issues/complaints, as well as take initial measurements. Following the evaluation, we work with the patient to develop a plan of care. The treatment for Lymphedema is called Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

What is Lymphedema?

Chronic swelling under the skin caused by abnormal buildup of lymph fluid in tissue. Usually caused by damage to the lymphatic system after surgery, cancer related treatment, infection or genetics. Lymphedema can happen anywhere throughout the lymphatic system, but it is most commonly found in the following areas: face, chin, neck, breast, abdomen, chest wall, arm, underarm, hand, buttocks, genitals, legs, and feet.

Our Services:

  • Lymphedema Education
  • Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
  • Skin Care
  • Compression Bandaging
  • Exercises to Stimulate the Lymphatic System
  • Compression Garment Recommendations & Education

 CDT treats the following conditions:

  • Lymphedema
  • Post Surgical/Post Trauma Edema
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Dependent Edema
  • Edema Cased by Venous Insufficiency
  • Head and Neck Edema

Benefits of Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema therapy helps to decrease swelling, increase lymph drainage, improve skin condition, enhance function, relieve discomfort, and reduce the risk of skin inflammation or infection (cellulitis).

Interested in scheduling an appointment? See your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for a referral to Occupational Therapy specifying for Lymphedema treatment.

Need a PCP? Visit our Primary Care Page for more information.

Insurance coverage is dependent on your insurance plan. Please inquire with your insurance provider before booking your appointment.

Jessica Lawler

Jessica Lawler, CLT

Certified Occupational Therapist

  • Certification in Lymphedema Therapy & Wound Care
  • Master’s Degree from UNH
  • She works in inpatient acute and sub-acute rehabilitation as well as the outpatient clinic at VRH.
  • She holds a certification in lymphedema therapy and developed this program at Valley Regional Hospital.

Brian Johnson, COTA

Brian Johnson, CLT

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Certification in Lymphedema Therapy
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • SNF Rehab