lymphedema-treatment-vancouver-islandCLR Healthcare Inc. offers assessment and treatment services focusing on helping our clients learn the skills and strategies to care for and promote their independence with Lymphedema management. As Lymphedema is a medical condition and our prospective client’s medical status must be considered prior to treatment, we require a completed Physician referral form or a physician note/prescription: "OT to assess and treat Lymphedema", prior to assessment. The completed referral form can be faxed or e-mailed to our office. After receiving our clients consent and completing the assessment, we will send the referring physician a report summarizing our findings and treatment recommendations.

Our clinical experience and published research in Lymphedema management supports the crucial importance of our clients’ commitment to work with the treating therapist to learn and practice self-management to best manage this condition over time. Lymphedema unfortunately cannot be cured or fixed and is an example of a chronic health condition. Prospective clients who learn and integrate appropriate techniques and management strategies into their routine daily living activities will typically have better long term outcomes. Clients must therefore be actively committed to work with their healthcare providers to learn about Lymphedema and what they can do to effectively manage this condition in their daily life.

Our experience and clinical outcomes demonstrate the importance of developing a treatment and management program that carefully considers both our clients specific clinical needs and their daily living activities. As a licensed Occupational Therapist and certified Lymphedema Therapist, I specialize in treating Lymphedema and addressing impact on my client’s daily life activities including work, leisure, and self-care.

3 Phases of Treatment:

The initial phase includes integrating Lymphedema complete decongestive therapy (CDT) and Occupational Therapy functional rehabilitation services into treatment. Treatment components may include:

  • Education about the condition and risk reduction strategies in daily life
  • Multi-layered graduated compression bandaging
  • Skin-care
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Exercise
  • Aquatic lymphatic therapy
  • Return to daily living activities

The second phase of treatment focuses on client demonstrating effective long term self-management through a home program including utilizing components of complete decongestive therapy. As a certified Lymphedema graduated compression garment fitter, I also offer clients a selection of graduated compression garments to help manage the Lymphedema over time.

The third phase of treatment focuses on long term maintenance. The therapist role is to provide periodic long-term support, education and follow-up as needed to assist our clients to manage Lymphedema over time. I strongly encourage clients to follow-up at least annually, or whenever concerns arise.