2. Laboratory of Hygiene–Medical Statistics, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Background: This case report concerns the physiotherapy treatment of a 69-year-old woman with secondary arm lymphedema via teleconference. To date, no other lymphedema management through telephysiotherapy has been recorded.
Case presentation: The incident occurred last April (during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic). The ban on traffic combined with the lack of a specialized physiotherapist in the area where she lived led her to turn to our rehabilitation center. The communication was made by teleconference with the Skype application, where instructions were given to the patient for self-management of the lymphedema utilising self-Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). 10 on-line treatments were performed over a period of 15 days with one hour duration each. With the completion of the treatments the volume of the lymph was significantly reduced.
Conclusions: Telephysiotherapy could be beneficial for lymphedema patients. The application of self-CDT through telephysiotherapy can work educationally for the patient and promote the self-management of lymphedema.
Keywords: Case report, Lymphedema, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Telerehabilitation