The most important and effective treatment is compressive therapy. This usually means some type of prescription strength compression stocking or glove.

In addition, a type of specialized massage called manual lymphatic drainage can be an important part of treatment. This is usually performed on an outpatient basis for two-three weeks, followed by long-term stocking (or glove) use. Because lymphedema can predispose to skin infection, personal hygiene and skincare are very important.

Lymphedema Therapy: Treatment Locations

Certified lymphedema therapists provide treatment at numerous Inova locations, including:

Inova hospital-based rehab locations

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital

Outpatient P.T. centers