What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is swelling in various parts of the body caused by a build-up of lymphatic fluid in the tissues.
It can be caused by damage to lymph nodes or vessels as a result of surgery or radiation treatments for breast cancer or prostate cancer. It can also be caused by other surgeries, trauma or infections, or be the result of rare inherited conditions.
Symptoms of Lymphedema include:
Heaviness, fullness, achiness or limited movement in affected areas
Swelling of a limb or body part that worsens over time
Repeated infections in the affected area
Skin thickening, sometimes associated with a clear fluid leaking from the skin
Lymphedema Therapy is an outpatient program that provides relief for the build up of lymph fluid in various parts of the body through:
manual lymph drainage (MLD): a gentle type of massage that moves fluid from blocked pathways, reducing swelling
compression therapy: a gradual compression of the affected area using special bandaging techniques and compression garments to reduce swelling and improve circulation
exercise and ongoing education
- A thorough evaluation to determine baseline measurements of the affected area
- A personalized treatment plan based on each patient's specific needs
- A treatment plan consisting of 10 to 20 sessions depending on the severity of the problem
Occupational Therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and injury. Occupational therapy helps people achieve independence by giving them the skills necessary for independent and satisfying lives.
Occupational therapy can address the following:
- Work-related injuries including lower back problems or repetitive stress injuries
- Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
- Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
- Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
- Mental health or behavioral problems including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia,
and post-traumatic stress problems with substance abuse or eating disorders
- Burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
- Broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents
- Vision or cognitive problems that prevent the following:
- Complete self care
- Any other meaningful everyday activity
- Customized treatment programs to improve the ability to perform daily activities
- Comprehensive home and job site evaluations to improve setup and decrease injuries
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and training in equipment use
- Guidance to family members and caregivers
- Upper extremity injuries and splinting
Physical Therapists treat people of all ages who have medical problems or conditions that limit their ability to move and perform activities in their daily lives. We also help prevent conditions associated with loss of mobility by developing fitness and wellness programs tailored to the needs and abilities of each patient. We provide services to the surrounding community whether patients are recovering from recent surgery, returning home following a prolonged illness or rehabilitating from an injury.
Physical Therapy addresses the following:
- Many conditions affecting pediatric patients
- Incontinence and pelvic pain
- Conditions associated with pregnancy
- Chronic pain
- Pain related to jaw joint problems (TMJ)
- A thorough evaluation to determine strengths, weaknesses and limitations
- A personalized treatment plan based on each patient's specific needs
- Treatment techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability
LincolnHealth offers aquatic therapy through a partnership with the Boothbay Region YMCA in Boothbay Harbor.
Aquatic Therapy is an exercise program performed in water. The buoyancy and resistance provided by water helps strengthen muscles with less stress on joints.
By using a multi-depth pool and warm water, aquatic therapy promotes muscle relaxation, muscle strengthening and increased blood flow to injured areas.
Aquatic therapy may be appropriate for the following:
- Pediatric patients
- Patients with orthopedic injuries
- Patients with neurological conditions
Benefits of an Aquatic Therapy Program may Include:
- Improved flexibility
- The ability to initiate and complete an exercise program
- Enhanced walking ability and awareness of body movement
- A lower risk of injury or re-injury during rehabilitation
LincolnHealth Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate and treat problems associated with speech, language, cognition and swallowing for patients of all ages.
Speech-language pathologists are also called speech therapists.
Speech Therapists address:
- Communication and swallowing problems associated with traumatic brain injury, head and neck cancer, stroke, progressive neurological disorders,
craniofacial anomalies, asthma and chronic pneumonia.
- Pediatric speech, language, cognition and swallowing delays or disorders.
- Adult speech, language, cognition and swallowing dysfunction following injury or disease.
Speech Therapy may include treatment for:
- Developmental speech and language delays and disorders
- Voice disorders
- Cognitive impairment
LincolnHealth Diabetes Educators offer training, counseling and support to people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Our certified diabetes educators work with each person to help them understand how to control diabetes and enjoy the best possible quality of life. Many of our programs are offered at no cost and others are typically covered by insurance.
For more information, please call us at 207-563-4442.
Our Diabetes Self-Management Program offers individual or small group sessions covering a wide range of topics including:
- Healthy food choices and meal planning
- Incorporating physical activity into lifestyle
- Diabetes medication options
- Using blood glucose monitoring to improve control of blood sugar
- Staying healthy by preventing and detecting complications
- Goal setting to promote health and problem solving for daily living
The LincolnHealth Pre-Diabetes Program helps people who have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels learn how they can delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes.
Call to find out when the next class is scheduled. For more information, please call us at 207-563-4442.
Diabetes Support Group
The LincolnHealth Diabetes Support Group meets monthly to share experiences and the latest information about diabetes and to send the message that no one is alone in coping with diabetes.
There is no cost for this program. For more information, please call us at 207-563-4442.
Medical Nutrition Therapy is an outpatient program that provides individual nutrition therapy and counseling for medical conditions. Eating healthier helps you feel better and look better. While good nutrition means eating a variety of foods, it doesn't mean giving up the foods you love. By working with a Registered Dietitian, you will learn how easy it is to make healthy choices and still love what you eat.
A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition specialist. In Maine, Registered Dietitians (RD) must be licensed by the Board of Dietetic Practice as Licensed Dietitians (LD). Registered Dietitians can provide credible nutrition guidance. Nutrition plays an important role in many conditions and diseases, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease and gastrointestinal problems.Come see a LincolnHealth dietitian in your community for a new start. Many insurance companies will pay for medical nutrition therapy with a doctor's referral.
In the Boothbay area, call the Registered Dietitian at LincolnHealth - St Andrews Campus at 633-1971.
In the Damariscotta area, call the Registered Dietitians at LincolnHealth - Miles Campus at 563-4559.
Therapy may include:
- An assessment by your dietitian of your nutritional needs.
- A plan for you, designed with lots of your input to help you meet the goals that are most important to you.
- Label reading, meal planning and other support.
- Follow-up to make sure your plan is working and you are satisfied with your progress.