Lymphatic obstruction is a blockage of the lymph vessels that drain fluid from tissues throughout the body and allow immune cells to travel where they are needed. Lymphatic obstruction may cause lymphedema, which means swelling due to a blockage of the lymph passages. The most common reason for lymphatic obstruction is the removal or enlargement of the lymph nodes. The main symptom is persistent (chronic) swelling, usually of the arm or leg.
Lymphedema is a chronic disease that usually requires lifelong management. In some cases, lymphedema improves with time. However, some swelling is usually permanent.
There are also many other chronic venous, DVT, edema or varicose vein conditions which can be managed with wearing properly fitted compression garments. It is very important to be measured and fitted for the properly type and compression level garment to control these conditions. At LifeChanges we represent the leading brands in medical grade compression, including Medi, Jobst, Juzo and Lymphedivas. A few insurances provide coverage for these items, and if purchased through a Durable Medical Equipment provider such as LifeChanges Boutique, we will file your claim for you to take advantage of your benefits, assuming it is a covered item and we participate with your plan.
Diana Klunk is a certified Elvarex compression fitter, and has completed several specialized training courses for proper measuring and fitting of compression garments. Although Lymphedema is a chronic condition, wearing properly fitted compression garments can help make it more manageable. Most patients are referred to LifeChanges by their physician, physical therapist or specially trained Lymphedema therapist. Diana has also received training in the Lebed Method/Healthy Steps, a specialized exercise program designed to help prevent and manage Lymphedema through exercise and dance.
Call LifeChanges to schedule a consultation on how compression garments and exercise might make your condition easier to manage.