Endermologie Technique versus Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy on Post-mastectomy Related Lymphedema
|Emad T Ahmed*|
|Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Department for Burn and Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt|
|Corresponding Author :||Emad T Ahmed
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Department for Burn and Surgery
Faculty of Physical Therapy
Cairo University, Egypt
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received April 06, 2013; Accepted May 29, 2013; Published June 02, 2013|
|Citation: Ahmed ET (2013) Endermologie Technique versus Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy on Post-mastectomy Related Lymphedema. J Nov Physiother 3:155. doi:10.4172/2165-7025.1000155|
|Copyright: © 2013 Ahmed ET. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Background: Lymphedema is a common sequela post mastectomy representing a complex therapeutic challenge.
Study aim: To study the effectiveness of Endermologie therapy on reducing arm edema, edema, and shoulder function in women post mastectomy.
Subjects and methods: Twenty women with unilateral post mastectomy lymphedema were assigned for the study, aged from 30 to 50 years. They were divided into two groups of equal number, study group received Endermologie therapy 4 days per week for 4 weeks and a decongestive physical therapy (DLT) group. Limb volume, pain, and shoulder range of motion (Flexion, and abduction) were measured before and after 4 weeks of treatment.
Results: The results showed significant reduction in limb volume, and pain in the Endermologie group as compared to the DLT group (p value<0.001), and increased shoulder ROM ( flexion, and abduction)in Endermologie group as compared to the DLT group (p value<0.001).
Conclusion: Endermologie therapy can be introduced as a safe modality for post mastectomy lymphedema.