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Physical Therapist Earns Lymphedema Therapy Certification

12/27/2018

Harrison County Community Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department is now offering treatment for lymphedema, abnormal swelling that occurs most often in the arms or legs.

Jenny Soriano, a registered physical therapist at the hospital in Bethany since 2015, recently became a certified lymphedema therapist after completing nine days of Complete Decongestive Therapy training.

Lymphedema is the accumulation of fluid in tissues beneath the skin that can result from cancer treatments, traumatic injuries, or parasitic infections, according to the National Lymphedema Network. In some cases, the condition can be caused by genetic abnormalities.

The lymphatic system, made up of lymph nodes and vessels carrying lymph fluid, is an important part of the body’s immune system.

Soriano completed her training through the Norton School of Lymphatic therapy, which trains doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other allied health professionals to treat disorders related to the lymphatic system.

As part of the certification process Soriano learned manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, skin care and therapeutic exercises for lymphedema patients. The therapy is offered in the Physical and Occupation Therapy Department at the hospital.

There is no cure for the lymphedema, but it can be managed with proper treatment. Left untreated, it can result in serious complications.

Individuals who think they may have lymphedema symptoms should contact their health practitioner.

Pictured: Jenny Soriano, RPT, CLT

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