Karadibak, D., Yavuzsen, T., & Saydam, S. (2008). Prospective trial of intensive decongestive physiotherapy for upper extremity lymphedema. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 97(7), 572–577.doi: 10.1002/jso.21035
To evaluate the effects of kinesiophobia, quality of life, and home exercise programs on women with upper-extremity lymphedema
All patients underwent complete decongestive physiotherapy consisting of a combination of manual lymph drainage using the Foldi method, multi-layer bandages, remedial exercise, and skin care.
The study was conducted at a single-site outpatient setting at Dokuz Eylul University Hospital.
The study used a prospective trial design.
A correlation between severity of edema and fear of activity was established. Increased fear of activity showed to decrease quality of life.
Encouraging activity and education are important for the management of lymphedema in patients after sentinel node biopsy.