In Home Physical Therapy for Lymphedema

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Our certified lymphedema specialist therapists provide in-home, outpatient Physical Therapy for patients with lymphedema.



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Locally owned and operated in North Carolina since 2004

  • Available in the Chapel Hill and Durham North Carolina areas only.
  • Lymphedema therapy is provided by Susan Mullins, PT, MS, CLT.

Susan Mullins, PT, MS, CLT

Susan holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University. She has worked several years in acute inpatient rehabilitation with a focus on stroke rehabilitation, hip/knee/back post-surgical rehabilitation, multi-trauma rehabilitation and other neurological conditions, including MS, Parkinson’s, ALS and spinal cord injuries.

She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and has worked extensively with patients diagnosed with Primary and Secondary Lymphedema. She also is experienced in cancer rehabilitation and osteoporosis.

She is skilled as a manual therapist performing manual lymph drainage techniques, myofascial release, spontaneous muscle release techniques, scar tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and soft tissue mobilization following surgical and/or radiation treatments.

Susan loves helping people live their life to the fullest. She enjoys playing piano, hiking and taking adventurous trips with her family.

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when the lymphatic system is unable to drain lymph fluid properly. This can lead to swelling in the arms, legs, or other parts of the body. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by cancer treatment, but it can also be caused by other conditions, such as infections or injuries.

Symptoms of lymphedema include:

  • Swelling in the arms, legs, or other parts of the body
  • Tightness or heaviness in the affected area
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Changes in the skin, such as thickening or discoloration

If you suffer from lymphedema, contact Mobile Rehab to find out how we can help with in home physical therapy for lymphedema provided by experienced, licensed physical therapists with who specialize in lymphedema management.

What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

The primary symptom of lymphedema is swelling in one or more limbs, which can include the arm, leg, hand, or foot. Other symptoms of lymphedema may include:

  1. A feeling of heaviness or tightness in the affected limb
  2. Limited range of motion in the affected limb
  3. Aching or discomfort in the affected limb
  4. Thickening or hardening of the skin in the affected area
  5. Recurrent infections in the affected limb
  6. Reduced flexibility in the joints of the affected limb
  7. Pitting or indentation of the skin when pressed

It is important to note that lymphedema can develop slowly and may not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Additionally, symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause.

What causes lymphedema?

There are several causes of lymphedema, including:

  1. Surgery: Surgery to remove lymph nodes, such as in breast cancer surgery, can cause lymphedema in the arm on the same side as the surgery.

  2. Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy to the lymph nodes can damage the lymphatic vessels and cause lymphedema.

  3. Infection: Infections such as cellulitis, which can damage the lymphatic vessels, can lead to lymphedema.

  4. Congenital: Some people are born with a congenital condition that affects the development of the lymphatic system, leading to lymphedema.

  5. Cancer: Some types of cancer, such as lymphoma, can block lymphatic vessels and cause lymphedema.

  6. Trauma: Trauma to the lymphatic vessels, such as from a sports injury or car accident, can cause lymphedema.

  7. Obesity: Being overweight can put extra pressure on the lymphatic system and cause lymphedema.

Source: Mayo Clinic

How can physical therapy help with lymphedema?

Physical therapy can be an effective treatment for lymphedema, particularly in the early stages. The goal of physical therapy for lymphedema is to reduce swelling, improve mobility, and prevent complications. Here are some ways physical therapy can help with lymphedema:

  1. Manual lymphatic drainage: This is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system to help move excess fluid out of the affected area.

  2. Compression therapy: This involves wearing compression garments or bandages to help reduce swelling and improve circulation.

  3. Exercise: Regular exercise, particularly low-impact activities like walking or swimming, can help improve lymphatic flow and reduce swelling.

  4. Education: Physical therapists can provide education on skin care, exercise, and lifestyle modifications to help manage lymphedema and prevent complications.

  5. Monitoring: Physical therapists can monitor the progression of lymphedema and adjust treatment plans as needed.

  6. Rehabilitation: Physical therapy can help with rehabilitation following surgery or other treatments that may have caused lymphedema.

Overall, physical therapy can play an important role in managing lymphedema and improving quality of life for those affected by this condition. It is important to work with a healthcare provider to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

Mobile Rehab provides in home physical therapy for lymphedema to make easy and convenient for patients to receive the care they need without the hassle. 

Source: ChoosePT

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The physical therapist came to our house and carefully reviewed our case. He designed therapies and strategies that have worked well for us. For example, my husband could not get off the floor by himself and I could not lift him when he fell. Together we learned techniques to cope with this situation in our home. Joshua designed fun and effective exercises to improve strength and flexibility. My husband can now get in and out of chairs and cars without help and walks more easily. Since we used equipment in and around the home, my husband can remember and apply what he has learned. Mobile Rehab accepted our insurance and worked out approval to provide services. We did not need a referral from our doctor. My husband and I highly recommend Mobile Rehab if you or a loved one needs physical therapy.Jerry from Pittsboro
I wanted to tell you how much better I think Mom is since starting your PT. She has been less off balance, quicker to equilibrate to standing, and has had more stamina. I also think she is less depressed and feels more accomplished. Josh has been prompt and polite, as well as engaging in conversation to make Mom feel at ease. Thank you!Karen Pool - Google Review
In my many years of experience with PT for a variety of injuries, I have never worked with a therapist as knowledgeable, energetic, patient, and committed to my recovery and health as Celeste. She is interested in the cause of the problem and finding solutions, rather than only dealing with superficial symptoms. The manual work she does always leaves me feeling better and the exercises/stretches she has taught me target exactly where the problems lie. I can tell that I’m noticeably stronger and more flexible because of them. Anyone who gets to work with Celeste is lucky indeed! Judy R - 72 years young 😉
Both my husband and I are working with Amy, a PT for Mobile Rehab. She has been helping me after knee replacement surgery, and is working with my husband with balance, strengthening and walking. She is a gem! She is enthusiastic, engaging, and always positive. I would gladly recommend Amy and Mobile Rehab to anyone who needs physical therapy!Mona Harrison - Google Review
Oh my goodness, I cannot say enough good things about my therapist, Jennifer. After having a complete shoulder replacement and being discharged by my doctor, he recommended that I could still need therapy to help get me back to “normal”. My friend in Asheville recommended Jennifer to me. I set up an appointment and Jen showed up, right on time, at my apartment with her folding table in tow. She was so knowledgeable about how my shoulder worked, the muscles, tendons and the rotator cuff. After working on the painful spots I complained about, she set up a plan to work out the stiffness and soreness. Now, after 2 visits per week for four weeks, I feel like a new woman. At her last visit, she gave me the coping skills I needed to keep my shoulder in good shape. I am so impressed with her work that I recommend her highly as my most favored therapist.Jane Cumby - Google Review
Deb's professional manner is greatly appreciated as she continues to help me maintain my mobility with a variety of exercises and movements. Her positive attitude during my sessions gives me a sense of well-being.Nancy C. - Google Review
Erin Rankin and Cheryl Reid are skilled physical therapists. As a Parkinson's patient, I have benefited greatly from their expertise. I feel that by keeping my muscles stretched, I have contributed to my current state of mobility. If they are going to be a few minutes late, they are thoughtful and considerate by sending a text to me. When scheduling appointments, efforts are made to accommodate my specific timing needs. Due to the longevity of our relationships, levels of trust have been built. Their pleasant personalities add to the care they give. I look forward to seeing them each week. Nancy C - Google Review
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Each time a PT moves on we think no one could be as good and them amazingly they seem to be even better. Have used for years and always with great satisfactionSue Clark - Google Review
I have been so impressed with Mobile Rehab. I've been working with Lacey K. DPT. post-op for a knee replacement. She is extremely professional, answers all of my questions and it seems not to bother her if I ask the same question again! She works me hard and that's what I need. She'll tell me either I'm doing it right or will correct me in a very calm and pleasant manner. Lacey explains everything I'm doing and why. I can't say enough good things about Mobile Rehab especially Lacey!Mary Beth Bryman - Google Review

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