What is CDT?
Complete Decongestive Therapy is the gold standard for lymphedema management. There are four components of CDT, and all are essential for the best possible outcomes. Lifelong management of lymphedema with CDT can give you independence, empowerment, and an improved quality of life.
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Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is an intensive therapy program that is divided into two phases: Phase I, the Decongestion phase, and Phase II, the Maintenance phase.
Phase I – Decongestion
The goal of Phase I is to decrease the swelling in the limb to normal size, or as close to normal as possible, while maintaining healthy skin. There are four basic components to Phase I:
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
- Compression Therapy
- Skin Care
Phase II – Maintenance
Once the swelling has decreased from your limb, it is essential to continue your care at home to maintain this reduced size. Unfortunately, the swelling will come back if not managed correctly. The goal of Phase II is to preserve the results of all your hard work in Phase I. Just like the Decongestion Phase, there are four components of Phase II: