Finding Quality Lymphedema Treatment
Having the diagnosis of lymphedema is difficult to accept. The problems associated with finding good quality of care treatment can be even more difficult. In order to find good options, it is important to know what options are available.
Many of the lymphedema therapist training programs maintain a list of their graduates. These are usually by state. It is time consuming to go through each of the programs; however, it is lso good to know that your therapist is a graduate of a quality program.
Since there are many options available when seeking treatment for lymphedema, the list of websites below will help when making your treatment decisions:
The National Lymphedema Network
The Lymphology Association of North America
The Academy of Lymphatic Studies
Dr. Vodder School International
Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy
A List of Questions to ask your Therapist Before Treatment
1) How many hours of specifically lymphedema training do you have and from where did you receive your training?
2) Do you take continuing education courses?
3) Are you aware of the standards for therapist training established by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), and do you meet those standards?
4) How much of your practice is devoted to lymphedema?
5) How do you handle fitting and purchasing of Durable Medical Equipment (sleeves, gloves, compression bras, night garments)?
6) Can we discuss what your treatment plan is for me, and how it compares to the National Lymphedema Network's position paper on Treatment?
7) How will my visits be scheduled?
8) Will you be available for maintenance visits as well as acute care? How may I contact you when questions arise?
Be sure to ask about any special circumstances you face, such as living far from the therapist's office, having no help at home, or limitations to self-massage and self-bandaging due to arthritis or neuropathy.
Any reasonable therapist should welcome the opportunity to go over those points with you.
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