Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the superficial tissue which appears as swelling in the arms or legs. It typically appears after surgery, radiation, trauma, or infections that disrupt the pathways of the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is a chronic, progressive condition and if not properly addressed, you may begin to notice difficulties with your ability to independently perform day-to-day tasks.
Here at RehabWorks, we utilize Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), a comprehensive and individualized approach to treating upper and lower extremity lymphedema. Each patient receives a specialized evaluation and treatment plan which we develop to achieve a maximal reduction in swelling, improved functional independence, and overall quality of life. We also provide you with the tools and knowledge you will need to continue the management of your condition at home following discharge from our care.
Alisa Wagner MOT, OTR/L received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. She continued her education at Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, PA, where she received her Master's degree in 2017. In June 2019, she successfully completed a Lymphedema Management Seminar course through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. She has been a member of the WGH RehabWorks team since 2017.
For more information on Lymphedema Management or to make an appointment, please call: 814-726-4070. A referral from your primary care physician, oncologist, surgeon, or other physician is required.