Lymphedema Program at Sky Ridge Medical Center

Lymphedema Education, Prevention & Treatment

At Sky Ridge, our Lymphedema Program includes preventative service for post surgical and post radiology patients who are at high risk of developing lymphedema. Other services of our program include:

  • Exercise and self-care instruction
  • Manual lymph drainage techniques
  • Manual therapy techniques for scar tissue
  • Bandaging and appropriate garment selection
  • Patient education

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is chronic swelling in the arm, leg, the chest or back due to accumulation of protein rich fluid. This is the result of an obstruction of the venous or lymphatic systems. Left untreated, lymphedema can lead to limited mobility, decreased strength, decreased range of motion and lowered self esteem as a result of deformity.

Our Therapist

Christianne Hippe received her Master's of Physical Therapy from Chapman University in Orange, California in 1990. She is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Mulligan Practioner in Mobilization with Movement from the Mulligan Institute in New Zealand. Christianne came to Sky Ridge Medical Center in 2007 after practicing in numerous therapy settings in Southern California. She recently completed course work in Advanced Oncology Concepts and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. Christianne is certified as an Upper Extremity Lymphedema Therapist by the Klose Institute. She is currently our Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist in the Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center at Sky Ridge.

Contact

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 720-225-1030.