Exercises to cure lymphedema?

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Question from SWoods: Are there exercises that one can do to make lymphedema go away?
Answers - Kathryn Schmitz No.
Nicole Stout No, but I would say when exercises are done in the context of a complete decongestive therapy program, they can maximize limb decongestion. Once we have lymphedema, it never goes away. That is vital for people to understand.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Preventing and Treating Arm Lymphedema featured Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.M.,Nicole Stout, M.P.T. C.L.T.-L.A.N.A., and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.S.C. answering your questions about ways to prevent and manage lymphedema.

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