Nationally certified lymphedema therapist Emily Herndon, DPT, of Plains Physical Therapy helped educate Fit to Fight participants this week on the risks associated with lymphedema. Lymphedema is an unfortunate consequence of some cancer treatments.
Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial tissue that causes swelling, most often in one or more limbs and occasionally in other parts of the body. Lymphedema can develop when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired or when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes removed.
Although there is no known cure for lymphedema, there are a number of risk-reduction practices that can be implemented in the areas of skin care, activity and lifestyle, and environment. For details on these practices and for more information about this disease, click here.
Graduates of our latest Fit to Fight class, as well as a number of Fit to Fight alumni, will be using both the knowledge and endurance gained through our program to participate in the Peak Triathlon on Saturday, May 19th.
Additionally, a new session of Fit to Fight will begin on June 5th at 5 pm. For more details, please contact Sarah at Alpine Physical Therapy by calling 406-251-2323.