Will having Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic surgery help swelling?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic injury and surgery in San Diego
|MLD after Surgery in San Diego|
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, LMT
"Does MLD improve patient-oriented and disease-oriented outcomes for patients with orthopedic injuries?" This is the question posed by the study 'The Effectiveness of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Patients with Orthopedic Injuries' authored by Tricia Majewski-Schrage and Kelli Snyder and published in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation in 2016. The authors conducted a literature search for level 2 evidence or higher on the topic of MLD techniques effectively decreasing edema (swelling) and pain, increasing range of motion (ROM) and improving a patient's return to activities of daily living after orthopedic surgery.
Research has found that Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic surgery can:
- Decrease edema (swelling)
- Decrease pain
- Decrease limb volume
- Increase range of motion (ROM)
- Improve a patient's return to activities of daily living
Though every well-educated massage therapist receives a few hours of training in MLD, advanced training is preferred. Ask you massage therapist if they have a certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, or ideally, a full certification as a CLT, or Certified Lymphedema Therapist.
Here is a link to print out the study and show your physician. Read the entire study here: http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/pdf/10.1123/jsr.2014-0222