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Sanford Worthington physical therapist receives national certification

The lymphedema therapy program is returning to Sanford Worthington.

Sy Schaap recently became certified by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies.  She has been a physical therapist at Sanford Worthington for 20 years, and is currently accepting patients suffering from lymphedema.

Lymphedema is swelling in the upper or lower extremities.  It is a result of removal or damage to the lymph nodes, preventing lymph fluid from draining well and accumulating in the extremities.  Lymphedema is often a side effect of cancer treatment.

Lymphedema therapy is a specialized treatment approach to remove the excess lymph fluid.  A number of different therapy techniques can be used to treat lymphedema.  

Schaap is able to teach patients various exercises to lessen the effects of lymphedema.  Various specialty manual lymph drainage techniques are used to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid.  Specialized wrapping techniques can be used to force the lymph fluid out of the extremities.  Compression garments can be customized to encourage flow of lymph fluid.

Call 507-372-3184 for information about Sanford Worthington’s lymphedema therapy program.

About Sanford Worthington

Based in Worthington, Minnesota, Sanford Worthington includes Sanford Worthington Medical Center, Sanford Worthington Clinic, Sanford Worthington Acute Care Clinic, Sanford Worthington Surgery Clinic, Sanford Worthington Outreach Specialty Clinic, Sanford Worthington OB-GYN Clinic, Sanford Worthington Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Sanford Worthington Cancer Center.

Sanford Worthington Medical Center is a 48-bed facility offering services in medical, diagnostic, therapy and outreach, surgery, women’s health care, emergency and acute care. It includes 23 providers and over 400 employees and is a member of Sanford Health, an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. Sanford Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries.

Posted Date: August 2017