Complete Decongestive Therapy

Complete Decongestive Therapy

PEP Topic 

Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) is a lymphedema treatment program that includes manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression techniques, exercise, and self-care training. It is comprised of an initial reductive (intensive) phase (phase I) followed by an ongoing, individualized maintenance phase (phase II). Components include MLD, multilayer short-stretch compression bandaging, remedial exercise, skin care, education in self-management, and elastic compression garments.

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