HSHS St. Anthony’s Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness, located at the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex, is having a free screening on Monday, November 21 for people who are having difficulties with swelling caused from lymphedema as well as other conditions, to identify whether they could benefit from therapy treatment.
Lymphedema is a chronic condition caused by the accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the body tissues that causes swelling, most often in an arm or leg. It can be caused by cancer, trauma, or can even be genetic.
Early signs of lymphedema may include:
- A full, tight, or achy feeling in an arm or leg.
- Swelling of the limb.
- Decreased flexibility in the limb.
- Visible skin changes, such as tautness, color or texture.
The Certified Lymphedema Therapists of St. Anthony’s Physical Rehab and Wellness services are trained to help treat and manage lymphedema as well as other conditions that cause swelling. Treatment may include manual lymph drainage; compressive pumps, garments and bandaging; therapeutic exercise; and skin care.
This screening is not a diagnosis; it is an opportunity for those having difficulties dealing with swelling to understand what treatments are available for lymphedema issues. A physician’s order is not required for the screening and people do not have to register with the hospital. However, screenings are being conducted by appointment only. Appointment times are available between 1 to 3 p.m. If you are experiencing swelling and would like to know how to get help, please call HSHS St. Anthony’s Physical Rehab and Wellness department at (217) 347-1243 to schedule an appointment.
For more information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit the hospital’s web site at stanthonyshospital.org. HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.