Q. I definitely want to avoid lymphedema. Is there anything I can do to ward it off, or is lymphedema totally random? A. The very best thing you can do to help prevent lymphedema is to make sure you get full range of motion back in your arm, whether after surgery or radiation. Favoring the arm on your affected side, hunching your shoulder protectively, being too stiff to stretch your arm up over your head and around towards your back–these are all things that will make it easier for lymphedema to gain a foothold. I have a friend who’s a physical therapist specializing in lymphedema treatment. In fact, we became close as she gave me daily massages to relieve my own swollen arm. (Just as getting a tummy tuck is the silver lining of a tram flap reconstruction, a daily massage is the big plus of having lymphedema!) This friend says that women who’ve had surgery, particularly a mastectomy with lymph node removal (even if just a single node) need physical thera...
Alternative Names Radial head dislocation; Pulled elbow; Dislocated elbow - children; Elbow - nursemaid's; Elbow - pulled; Elbow subluxation; Dislocation - elbow - partial; Dislocation - radial head Symptoms When the injury occurs, the child usually begins crying right away and refuses to use the arm because of elbow pain. The child may hold the arm slightly bent (flexed) at the elbow and pressed up against the belly (abdominal) area. The child will move the shoulder, but not the elbow. Some children stop crying as the first pain goes away, but continue to refuse to move the elbow. Signs and tests The health care provider will examine the child. The child will be unable to rotate the arm at the elbow so that the palm is up and will have trouble bending (flexing) the elbow all the way.
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I am no longer in occupational or physical therapy for my arm lift complication ( see my last share post on this topic ). Therapy was not covered by my insurance and I accumulated over $3000.00 in treatment costs by the time the shoulder specialist discharged me. He said that he had gotten me as far as he could. I never did regain my full range of motion even after months of therapy. The physical therapist said I may never regain it.
At this point I can raise my right arm up my back high enough to reach the bottom of my bra strap, and I can nearly raise it 90 degrees above my shoulder over my head. In previous posts I showed an image of me reaching my arm up my back unable to get past my waistband and another image of me ...
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