510 E. 8th St.
PO Box 370
Freeman, SD 57029
605-925-4000
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Lymphedema Therapy

   

What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a painful, chronic condition that causes parts of the body to swell with fluid. It is most often caused by a traumatic event, such as a sports injury or deep cut or bruise, but it can be an aftereffect of surgery or cancer treatment. Lymphedema more rarely occurs as a birth defect or infection symptom.

What treatment options exist for lymphedema?
Although there is no cure for lymphedema, there are several treatment options to improve the symptoms. Lymphedema should be treated to avoid complications such as weeping fluid, hardening of the skin, open wounds, infections, pain, impaired mobility, decrease in function & poor quality of life.

Certified Lymphedema Therapist Rebecca Schultz will tailor a treatment plan to manage your condition. Your personalized plan may consist of one or more of the following therapies: massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, medication & surgery. 

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialized therapy that encourages the redirection & absorption of accumulated lymph fluid within the body. The goal is to decrease fluid in damaged areas or to move fluid from incompetent vessels to functioning areas for drainage. MLD is primarily used to treat lymphedema & may be used to treat additional conditions:

  • Post-operative swelling
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Trauma to the eye or face
  • Migraines
  • Tinnitus
  • Sinusitis
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • Lipoedema
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Constipation
  • Vertigo
  • Tendonitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Stress

Physical Therapist Rebecca Schultz
PT , DPT, CLT, CAPP Certified Level 2 APTA Pelvic PT

Rebecca Schultz earned her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota. After graduation, she worked 8 years at Avera St. Benedict in Parkston, SD, where she received clinical education as a pelvic health physical therapist. Rebecca started at FRHS in 2017 & earned her lymphedema certification from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2019. She continues to work with general outpatient orthopedics & inpatient care while serving patients in the specialty areas of pelvic health & lymphedema / wound care management. Rebecca lives southwest of Freeman with her husband & 2 children. 

For information about the FRHS lymphedema therapy program contact Physical Therapist Rebecca Shultz at Rebecca.Schultz@freemanregional.com or call her at 605-925-4000.