Prevea Health

Therapy for Edema and Lymphedema


Edema means swelling caused by fluid in your body’s tissues. It usually occurs in the feet, ankles and legs, but it can involve your entire body. This swelling may be caused by disease (such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease and thyroid disorders), a birth defect, surgery, cancer treatment or other problems.
Lymphedema is swelling caused by a build-up of lymph fluid in the body. The lymph system (lymphatic vessels) filters and drains excess fluid in your body. If the lymph system is damaged, the fluid builds up and causes swelling. Lymphedema is recognized as a complication following cancer treatment; however, it can develop from edema that is not managed. In rare instances, a person is born with a challenged lymphatic system.
There are many types of edema. Four most common types of edema are:

  1. Peripheral edema: Affects the feet, ankles, legs, hands and arms.
  2. Pulmonary edema: Excess fluid in the lungs, making breathing difficult.
  3. Cerebral edema: Occurs in the brain.
  4. Macular edema: A serious complication of diabetic retinopathy.
Prevea’s certified lymphedema therapists are physical and occupational therapists with advanced training in edema treatment. We can effectively treat your edema and work with you to establish a home care program.
It is important to start treatment in the early stages of edema or lymphedema. If you have swelling or issues with scarring from surgery, contact your health care provider and ask for a referral to Prevea Therapy Institute or contact us at:


Conditions we treat

  • Chronic venous problems or post blood clot
  • Congenital (primary) lymphedema
  • Cording or auxiliary web syndrome (development of tissue that feels web-like and restricts movement)
  • Decreased ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Edema caused by congestive heart failure
  • Nerve irritation
  • Neurological conditions
  • Orthopedic swelling
  • Pain
  • Post-cancer treatment
  • Repeated cellulitis
  • Scar adhesions/soft tissue restrictions in treated areas
  • Swelling associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Trauma


Key services

  • Decrease swelling
  • Reduce or eliminate pain
  • Improve function
  • Improve body image
  • Prevent or reduce risk of infection
  • Decongestive therapy
    • Manual lymphatic drainage
    • Compression bandaging
    • Compression garments
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Education

Treatment is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. We understand that in some situations, it may be less expensive to pay cash for therapy than go through your insurance provider. In most cases, no referral is needed. Learn more about therapy cash pay here.