Attention Lymphedema Sufferers: Treatment Is Finally Here

February 12, 2015

Emily Haynes, PT, CLT, offers long-awaited
therapy for lymphedema sufferers

Emily Haynes, DPT, CLT, physical therapist at Mercy Health for Life, recently completed additional training to become a certified lymphedema therapist and offer lymphedema treatment services at the Mercy facility.

Lymphedema is a condition that involves an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the torso, breast or extremities and can be experienced by patients with a variety of diagnoses, including obesity, poor blood circulation, lipedema and fluid retention syndromes. Lymphedema also can be associated with cancer treatment and most commonly occurs in the United States after lymph node dissection, mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Haynes explained.

Lymphedema therapy services offered by Haynes include skin care, manual lymph drainage, bandaging, compression garment fitting, exercise and instruction in self care.


“Because lymphedema is associated with several different diagnoses and medical procedures, we are seeing a great need for treatment services,” Haynes said. “I became interested in this area of therapy after a my aunt was diagnosed with lymphedema, but treatment services were not available in the immediate area.


“It is a natural fit with my practice, and I am thrilled to be able to now provide this therapy option locally.”


Haynes joined Mercy as a physical therapist in June 2013 and recently completed her lymphedema certification through Klose Training and Consulting, LLC, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was the recipient of an educational scholarship provided by the Lymphedema Education & Research Network.


Haynes earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and completed her undergraduate education at Baker Univerisity in Baldwin.


She and her husband, Tim, reside in Independence and serve as host parents for international students attending Independence Community College.


More information on Haynes’ services is available by calling Mercy Health for Life at 620-331-7250.