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Upper Extremity

At ShechterCare®, we specialize in addressing and managing Lymphedema, particularly in the upper extremities - a common concern post-breast cancer treatment. Our approach is focused on recognizing the signs early and providing effective, personalized care.


Prevention & Management of Lymphedema

Recognizing the early signs of Lymphedema is key. Increased fluid and protein in the arm, often due to factors like infection or trauma, can lead to swelling. Our focus at ShechterCare® is on preventing occurrences and managing existing conditions through patient self-care and professional interventions. Though we have the Impedimed SOZO for bioImpedence, we have found that patient reports of arm heaviness and aching and overall discomfort are clear signs of subclinical lymphedema, so we listen to patient report as our first line evaluation.

Post-Breast Cancer Treatment Complications

After breast cancer treatments like node removal or radiation therapy, the risk of developing Lymphedema increases. This condition can vary greatly in onset and severity, making early detection and management crucial.

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Our Comprehensive Approach

We liken Lymphedema to a clogged drain - where accumulated proteins hinder fluid movement, causing swelling. Our therapy includes:

  • Complete Decongestive Therapy: A tailored approach to manage and alleviate Lymphedema symptoms.

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage: A gentle manual therapy technique to stimulate lymph flow.

  • Compression Therapy: To maintain reduced swelling and enhance lymphatic system function.

  • Therapeutic Exercise: Customized exercises to improve range of motion and strength.


How Does Fluid Flow in the

Lower Area of the Arm?


The arrows in the above image illustrate the direction of lymphatic fluid flow. Fluid flows from the top (dorsal) of the hand and arm into the palm (volar) surface, then travel up the arm to the lateral side and up to their primary drainage point. 

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Axillary Cording

Axillary web or cording is a common phenomenon after breast cancer surgery. It can be painful, and limits upper extremity range of motion considerably. Patients often describe a feeling of a piece of fishing wire that travels down the arm and can go all the way to the fingers.


This can be treated and successfully resolved with the assistance of a Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist!


Learn to "Live Without Limits" after breast cancer!

Before & Afters

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Breast Cancer

Healing and Recovery are Possible -
We just need to listen and modify 

treatment to the INDIVIDUAL!

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