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Brian T. Swanson



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Every year, approximately 795,000 people in the United States experience a new or recurrent stroke. More than 30% of the survivors cannot walk independently six months following a stroke. Of those who are able to walk independently, only a small proportion can walk with sufficient speed and endurance to be able to function within the community. Paralysis of the extremities leads to a decreased and ineffective muscle pumping action, resulting in lymph stasis. Lymphedema is the tissue fluid accumulation that arises due to impaired lymphatic drainage. Fluid accumulation further increases difficulty with ambulation post stroke. The purpose of this case is to report the use of complete decongestive therapy for the treatment of lymphedema as part of a comprehensive treatment program consisting of a task-oriented approach to improve walking ability in a stroke survivor.

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Use Of Complete Decongestive Therapy And A Task-Oriented Approach In Treating Secondary Lymphedema And Improving Ambulation In A Patient Following A Stroke: A Case Report



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