Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab our therapists get questions about our services, types of care, garments and more. If you have questions, take a look and see if we’ve already answered it for you. If not, give us a call. We’re happy to help!

Q: I am experiencing pain in my lymphatic leg when I put weight on it. I have it wrapped, but the pain never completely goes away. Do you have any suggestions?

A: If there are any new symptoms for you, I am always going to recommend seeing your PCP first. It could be something like a strain or, more seriously, an infection. Keep communication open with your doctor and your therapists.

Q: What kind of doctor diagnoses lymphedema?

A: As always, start with your PCP. Your PCP will refer you to the doctor you need to see depending on your symptoms. Swelling in both legs may mean a visit with a cardiologist. Swelling in an arm or leg in the same area you’ve had cancer surgery may mean seeing your oncologist. If you have swelling in your leg/legs, it may mean a visit with a vascular doctor. Your PCP will want to rule things out to get to the proper diagnosis, include specialists in that process, and then begin treatment/therapy.

Q: Is lymphedema painful?

A: It can be to some people. The fullness and tightness in the affected limb can be painful and each person is different. Consider: is your swelling under control or getting worse? Are your compression garments binding or are they old and losing elasticity? Is it time to update your garments? Sudden, burning pain should be reviewed by your MD immediately.

Q: Does my lymphedema mean I am immunocompromised?

A: People with lymphedema are more susceptible to cellulitis and other skin issues because the lymph system in the affected area isn’t working properly. However, your lymphedema alone does not make you more at risk for the flu or Covid 19 than anyone else.

Q: Will I have to wear compression garments forever?

A: The short answer is yes. What we’re dealing with is lifetime management. Unfortunately, there is no cure for lymphedema.

Q: Does Medicare pay for garments?

A: No. Some insurances do, but they are few and far between. Of course, we are happy to discuss your particular insurance with you when you call.

Q: Can I still get lymphatic therapy with a wound on my leg?

A: Yes. We manage the wound and manually help to push the fluid out of the leg which speeds healing.

Q: Can you use compression with cellulitis?

A: Yes, but you have to be on antibiotics before you can begin treatment.

Q: Can children have lymphedema?

A: Yes. You can be born with it and it’s called primary lymphedema. If it develops after a trauma or something else that causes a failure in the lymph system, it’s called secondary lymphedema.

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Our services include Occupational therapy , Lymphedema therapy , and LSVT BIG®/LSVT LOUD® for Parkinson’s.

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