At ADA Medical Supply in Sandy Springs near Atlanta, Georgia
If you’re at risk for lymphedema, there are some simple ways you can prevent it, such as wearing specialized apparel. In many cases, lymphedema is caused by damage to the lymph nodes as a result of cancer treatment. A blockage occurs in the lymphatic system, which prevents lymph fluid from draining properly and can lead to swelling. Currently, there is no cure for lymphedema but there are several techniques for managing it once diagnosed.
Many of the methods for managing lymphedema are a matter of making small adjustments to your everyday life. For example, you should take extra precaution to avoid infection and burns, your skin should always be protected, you should avoid using shoulder straps and restrictive clothing, you should avoid muscle strain, and always keep a healthy diet. There are several types of lymphedema garments available that are an excellent way to manage your condition. You’ll find that these garments are made of flexible fabric so they are not restrictive. The sleeves are made to fit tighter at the bottom to create a light pressure that keeps the lymph moving out of the arm. At ADA Medical Supply, we carry a wide variety of lymphedema garments. Give us a call or stop in today so we can assist you in finding the right fit for you. We’re conveniently located near Atlanta, Marietta, and Brookhaven, GA.
Lymphedema Garment Care Tips
Research studies show that garments like compression sleeves, fingerless gloves and support vests can be effective as part of the overall lymphedema treatment plan. Made of flexible fabric, lymphedema garments are designed to apply pressure to the affected area to keep lymph moving in the right direction.
Here are some important tips by healthcare professionals on the “Do’s” and “Dont’s” of lymphedema management. To get fitted by medical professionals, drop by ADA Medical Supply in Sandy Springs, Georgia. We serve Atlanta, Marietta and Brookhaven.
- Make sure to get your sleeve or garment fitted properly by a professional. Usually, the fitting is done by the medical supply company’s fitter or a therapist. You can always ask the person about how many patients they have fitted and how many years of experience they have.
- You might want to buy 2 or more Lymphedema garments to alternate them for washings. They need to be replaced every 3-6 months as the flexibility of the fabric reduces with time.
- Ask your therapist if you need to wear a gauntlet along with your compression sleeve. Sometimes a glove or gauntlet is also recommended as a precaution to see how your body adapts to such garments. If there are symptoms like heaviness, tingling, or swelling of the hand, consult a professional immediately.