Do You Have Lymphedema?
Lymphedema, or lymphatic obstruction, is a long-term condition where excess fluid collects in tissues causing swelling (edema). Lymphedema is typically caused by a blockage of this system. Lymphedema commonly affects one of the arms or legs. In some cases, both arms or both legs may be affected.
It occurs when there is impairment to the lymphatic system, disrupting normal transport of fluid within the body. When the lymphatic system becomes overwhelmed, damaged, or blocked for an extended period of time, lasting swelling (referred to as chronic edema) occurs. Symptoms commonly affects one of the arms or legs. In some cases, both arms or both legs may be affected. However, it can present anywhere in the body including the head, neck, arms, trunk and genitals. It is a permanent condition that can worsen over time if not properly treated and can result in wounds, cellulitis, hospitalizations, and more.
Complete decongestive therapy is the proper management for Lymphedema including: manual lymph drainage, compression bandages, skin care, and exercise.
Dawn Goldman sat down with Meg Cason, PTA, CLT, Certified Lymphedema Specialist, and talked about how Lymphedema treatment at the Keokuk County Health Center Therapy Department has given her a new life.
To learn more, please contact Meg Cason, Physical Therapy Assistant and Certified Lymphedema Therapist, at the Keokuk County Hospital & Clinics Physical Therapy Department at (641) 622-1180.
Our Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Megan Cason, Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Megan Cason, PTA, CLT, has been part of the KCHC PT team since 2008 as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She became certified as a Lymphedema Therapist in 2019. Megan enjoys working in a rural community where she can treat patients in a variety of settings (outpatient, inpatient, and home health) and at all stages of life. She obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree from Kirkwood Community College in 2006 and became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through Klose Training in 2019. Her professional interests include, lymphedema, orthopedics, pediatrics, and sports rehab.
Lymphedema is a true passion of Megan’s as she can help patients restore their health and improve their quality of life quickly. She knows from experience how life long management of Lymphedema is vital to staying healthy. She is committed to educating the patient and family in self care management for a successful transition from the clinic to home.
Megan and her husband, Shane, enjoy raising their 3 children on their farm outside of Sigourney. Outside of work Megan enjoys supporting her children’s activities, volunteering in their church and 4-H Clover Kids club, camping, crafting and the Iowa State Fair.