Lymphedema Therapy

Experts in reducing lymphedema pain and swelling

A physical rehabilitation therapist wearing a striped shirt presses into a patient’s back with her hands.

Experts in reducing lymphedema pain and swelling

Certified lymphedema therapists at Scripps Health offer care at several locations in San Diego. Collaborating with physicians and other health care professionals to ensure a comprehensive approach, they develop customized lymphedema treatment plans to help people with lymphedema alleviate pain, reduce swelling, lower the risk of infection and learn self-management techniques.

Lymphedema treatment

Lymphedema is the collection of fluids in a part of the body that can cause swelling pressure and pain. To help alleviate swelling and reduce discomfort, the therapists develop care plans for complete decongestive lymphedema therapy that include:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Multi-layered bandaging
  • Compression therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Education to prevent complications and further occurrences
  • Skin care and hygiene recommendations

While a cure for lymphedema does not exist, proper care can improve the condition and dramatically affect a person’s quality of life.

A referral from a physician is required to begin the evaluation and treatment process.

Lymphedema classes

For additional information, we invite you to attend one of our lymphedema educational classes. The class is held on the second Tuesday of every month in La Jolla. Presented by a lymphedema certified physical therapist, the class includes information on lymphedema treatment, exercises, risk reduction and more. View the lymphedema class flyer (PDF, 61 KB) for dates and registration details.

Lymphedema therapy locations

Lymphedema therapy is offered at the following Scripps Health locations in San Diego County: