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An Update on Prevea’s Western Wisconsin Operation
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Prevea's certified lymphedema therapists are specially trained to treat edema. Schedule an appointment to get started.

Therapy for edema and lymphedema

Therapists with advanced training in edema treatment
Why choose Prevea physical and occupational 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.

Conditions our edema therapists treat include:

  • 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

What is lymphedema?

Cash pay is available

We understand that in some situations, it may be less expensive to pay cash for therapy than to go through your insurance provider. And in most cases, no referral is needed. 

No referral needed

Direct access without a referral or prescription to physical or occupational therapy provides you with immediate access to start your treatment without delay.

Key services

Physical and occupational therapy

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 provider to ask for a therapy referral or contact us in northeast Wisconsin at (888) 277-3832 or in western Wisconsin at (715) 717-7455.

Decongestive therapy

Prevea therapists may use decongestive therapy techniques, including manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, compression garments and therapeutic exercise, along with education to treat edema and lymphedema.
  • Decrease swelling
  • Improve function
  • Improve body image
  • Prevent or reduce risk of infection
  • Reduce or eliminate pain

Find a therapy for edema location

Prevea therapists are ready to help with edema and lymphedema in both northeastern and western Wisconsin at a health center near you. Contact us today to get started.