Lymphedema Program

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema results in swelling or accumulation of fluid in one or more limbs or trunk, caused by the breakdown of the body's ability to remove and filter intercellular fluids. This condition affects both women and men. It may be a side effect of cancer treatment, trauma or hereditary factors.


The Lymphedema Program is designed to reduce swelling and develop an individualized home program for the long-term management of lymphedema.

Service Overview

Beginning with an evaluation, licensed therapists with specialized training formulate a treatment program based on individual needs. Treatment may include patient education, manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging and therapeutic exercise.

Skills and Licensure of Clinicians

Beaumont Physical Therapists are licensed by the State of Michigan and have undergone specialized training to provide high-quality specialized lymphedema treatment.

Conditions Treated

Primary Lymphedema

  • Hereditary factors (hypoplasia, hyperplasia or aplasia)

Secondary Lymphedema

  • Surgical removal of lymph nodes
    - Women
    Breast cancer - uterine/pelvic cancers
    Ovarian cancer - melanoma
    - Men
    Prostate cancer - testicular cancer
  • Radiation treatment
  • Obesity induced lymphedema
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Trauma


Most insurances are accepted, but therapy/program coverage depends on individual insurance benefits. Discount programs are available for those who qualify.


  • Reduce swelling
  • Increase functional activity
  • Ability to manage lymphedema through a comprehensive home program