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
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
- 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
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.