The Mabee Rehabilitation Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth provides comprehensive Lymphedema therapy services. The Center’s spacious facility features advanced technology for Lymphedema therapy evaluation and treatment coupled with a quality team of professionals who oversee a patient’s rehabilitation from start to finish.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is defined as the persistent swelling of a body part due to a blockage in the lymphatic flow when lymph node or vessels are damaged or abnormal. This most often occurs in an arm or leg, but can be anywhere on the body.
Causes of Lymphedema
The primary causes of Lymphedema include congenital malformations in the lymphatic system. Secondary causes include: trauma, surgery, infection, radiation, inflammation and venous insufficiency.
How can Physical Therapy help?
Specially trained physical therapists can help by providing Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which includes Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) along with compression therapy, exercise, and education. CDT stimulates the lymphatic drainage system in order to decrease swelling.
Lymphedema is a serious condition and should be treated as quickly as possible. Though the swelling progresses slowly for most, if left untreated it can lead to other problems such as skin changes, skin breakdown or infection. It can also limit the motion and strength of the affected area. Treatment services include:
- Manual lymph drainage
- Multilayered compression therapy
- Initial bandaging supplies
- Patient education
- Skin care
- Gentle exercise
- Home program development
- Recommendation for permanent compression garment
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Other times may be available depending on patient need
Follow this link to download a prescription pad. A physician signature is required prior to services being provided.
Free parking is available in the visitors parking garage which is connected to the hospital. Valet parking is also available as needed, and free to out patient rehabilitation patients as well as individuals with handicap placards.
Call 817-250-2797 to schedule an appointment. New patients should arrive 30 minutes early in order to register.