Reducing the pain of edema

Monday, February 26, 2001

Local physical therapist brings new treatment program to Sports Rehab and Professional Therapy.

Sports Rehab and Professional Therapy Associates in Storm Lake continues to expand its services, striving to meet all the therapy and wellness needs in the area. They are doing so with the addition of an edema and lymphedema reducing treatment program.

The goal of the treatment is to decrease fluid build-up in the extremities or trunk. The swelling may be a result of radiation, venous insufficiency, surgery, acute injuries, fractures or strokes.

Individuals whose breast cancer operation included lymph node removal and who have any swelling of the arm, hand or chest are also candidates.

Physical therapist Kit Munden has gone through intense training in order to learn more about the treatment. Munden is already seeing positive effects from her findings.

"Before I went through training, I really didn't know what to do with these patients to help them," Munden said. "It's been exciting to be able to help them. It's really been worth it."

Lymphedema is chronic swelling in a portion of the body, usually an arm or leg, but it can also occur in the face, neck, abdomen and lungs.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/24 Pilot Tribune.

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