Managing the physical aspects of lymphedema requires an individual to be committed to daily treatment of this chronic condition. Performing manual lymph drainage, using compression bandaging or compression garments, exercising, and caring for the skin all take time and a high level of dedication. This commitment to self-care can be emotionally and psychologically exhausting.
When coupled with other emotional stressors in a patient’s life, successful treatment of lymphedema is challenging. We present a case demonstrating how the physical and psychological aspects of care interplay, and, when well-managed, can positively affect the outcome.
National Lymphedema Network
lymphedema, patient care, stress, self-care
Fisher, Mary Insana and Merriman, Harold L., "The Importance Of Managing Psychosocial Health: A Case Study" (2014). Physical Therapy Faculty Publications. 23.