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Lymphedema

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Lymphedema is swelling due to lymphatic fluid build-up in the tissues. Lymphedema happens most often in the arms and legs, but can also affect the head, chest, breast, abdomen, and the genital area.

Aside from swelling, symptoms of lymphedema include loss of joint flexibility, skin tightness, pain, or a full or heavy feeling in the affected body part. Left untreated, lymphedema can cause mobility problems, infections, and recurring skin problems.

Lymphedema can be primary (a rare inherited abnormality) or secondary (caused by another disease or condition). Swelling caused by secondary lymphedema comes from:

  • Infections
  • Cancer cells that block lymph nodes or vessels
  • Surgery to remove lymph nodes and vessels
  • Scarring from radiation treatment for cancer
  • Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cardiovascular diseases that affect blood flow
Lymphedema can affect your physical ability and emotional wellness. Make an appointment with a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) at the University of Miami Health System and start living better.

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Specialized, comprehensive services. We have special programs in cancer rehabilitation, rehabilitation psychology, and neuropsychology. From restoring your physical and emotional health, to providing education for prevention and wellness, we’re here for all your needs.

Multispecialty care with teams built around your condition. Our rehabilitation team works closely with oncologists, surgeons, rheumatologists, dermatologists, and others to customize your treatment plan. You have access to the latest non-surgical, minimally invasive approaches to managing pain, including neurostimulation and neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound-guided injections, all in one place.

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Treatments

  • Neurostimulation

    Neurostimulation, also called electrical stimulation, uses low-voltage electricity to stop the nerve impulses that cause pain. Examples include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), applied on the skin over nerve endings, and spinal cord stimulation (SCS), which is inserted under the skin.

  • Interventional spine procedures

    These procedures use image-guided technology to deliver steroids and medications right to the pain source. Selective epidural injections, cervical facet injections, cervical selective nerve blocks, and discograms reduce pain and inflammation in the neck. This treatment is usually prescribed with physical therapy or exercise.

  • Ultrasound-guided injections

    Ultrasound imaging allows doctors to view nerves, bones, tendons, and muscles. Combining this technology with injection therapy means we can deliver medicines to the exact trigger point to relieve pain and inflammation. Steroids and platelet-rich plasma injections are commonly used to treat neuromusculoskeletal pain.

  • Radiofrequency ablation

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat from radio waves to damage nerve tissues, disrupting their ability to send pain signals. This is performed on the facet joints in the spine.


Tests

  • Electrodiagnostics

    Electroneurophysiological testing is done with current and electrodes to determine nerve and muscle function/dysfunction and damage. Tests include electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS).

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.