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Lymphedema Management Program

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers physical therapy services for the management of lymphedema. The program provides comprehensive care and assistance in the management of this lifelong problem.

Upstate Rehabilitation at Bone & Joint Center
Upstate Bone and Joint Center
Suite 201,
6620 Fly Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 8am-4:30pm; Tues. Thurs. - 8am-6pm

Lymphedema is chronic swelling of a body part, generally the arm or leg. Often it occurs following cancer surgery and/or radiation. It may occur right away or many years later. Lymphedema can also be due to congenital abnormalities and may be present at birth, puberty or even mid life. It often begins with short term swelling of the hand, arm, leg or foot. The arm or leg may feel achy, heavy or full, and if left untreated it can become more swollen and firm. You should check your skin for signs of infection or redness. Contact your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms. Early treatment decreases the serious side effects of lymphedema and improves long term management.

What Should You Expect From Your Visit?

A complete evaluation will include measurements of the affected areas, discussion of appropriate treatments and long term management, and compression options available. Evaluations typically last 45-60 minutes and treatments may be between 30-60 minutes.

Who Can Benefit From Lymphedema Management?

The program may be appropriate for:

  • Individuals who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy
  • Edema secondary to any surgery
  • Venous compromise
  • Status post amputation
  • Individuals who have had radiation
  • Soft tissue swelling
  • Individuals who have undergone abdominal surgery for cancer
  • Individuals who have frequent infections in an arm or leg (cellulites) and/or open wounds
  • Individuals who will be undergoing surgery for cancer. Baseline measurements will be taken and education provided to help minimize risk of developing lymphedema.

What Should You Expect From Your Therapy?

Services include:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Specialized compression bandaging
  • Exercise program
  • Compression garment recommendations
  • Patient education for long term management
  • Skin and wound care recommendations
  • Follow up consultation

Preparing for Your Visit

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out your paperwork.
  • It is helpful to bring a pair of shorts or wear loose pants if you are being seen for leg lymphedema.
A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.


Christine A Bateson, PT,CLT-LANA
Christine A Bateson, PT,CLT-LANA
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • PT: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1997


Certified Lymphedema Therapist; Lymphedema Management, Rehab Service

315 464-6885

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2015
  • MS: Ithaca College, 1999, Physical Therapy
  • BS: Ithaca College, 1998, Clinical Science



Education Interests

  • Areas of teaching include neuroscience, adult neurological conditions and interventions, and acquired conditions of spinal cord injury, prosthetics and orthotics.

Clinical Interests

  • Clinical interests are focused in the areas of neurological evaluation and treatment for conditions of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (concussion), stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Intervention specialties include locomotor training with a bodyweight support system (Lokomat) and use of functional electric stimulation (FES).


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Neurology Section

Melissa A Murphy, PT
Melissa A Murphy, PT
315 464-6543


Certified Lymphedema Therapist; Lymphedema Management, Rehab Service; Pediatric Physical Therapy

Adam Strizak, PT, DPT
Adam Strizak, PT, DPT
315 464-6543


Physical Therapy; Cervical Radiculopathy; Chronic Pain; Fibromyalgia; Foot and Ankle; Frozen Shoulder; more


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)