Orthopedic Research

Limited research is currently available in the orthopedic field with respect to Manual Lymphatic Drainage.  However, the research projects underway provide positive indications in the use of MLD for the purpose of treating post-operative conditions.

Systematic Review of Efficacy for Manual Lymphatic Drainage Techniques in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach
The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, Volume 17 Number 3, 2009, pp E80 - E89
Giampietro L Vairo, MS, ATC, ACI1; Sayers John Miller, PhD, PT, ATC2; Nicole M McBrier, PhD, ATC3; William E Buckley, PhD, MBA, ATC4

Eisenhart AW, Gaeta TJ, Yens DP. Osteopathic manipulative treatment in the emergency department for patients with acute ankle sprains. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2003; 103:417–421.

Härén K, Backman C, Wiberg M. Effect of manual lymph drainage as described by Vodder on œdema of the hand after fracture of the distal radius: A prospective clinical study. Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg Hand Surg 2000;34:367–372

Weiss JM. Treatment of leg edema and wounds in a patient with severe musculo- skeletal injuries. Phys Ther 1998;78:1104– 1113.

Using MLD for Shoulder Problems
Advance for Occupational Therapists, 1996. Merton Publications, M. Chin

Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Principles and Practice of Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1996, pp 651 – 656. P.T. Pugliese, L. Garafllou

Itzchaki, M, N. Ben-Hur, H. Ashur: Lymphedema of the hand following a frature of the distal radius. Int. Surg. 63 (1978), 29-30

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Following Total Knee Arthroplasty SurgerySponsor: Haute Ecole Cantonale Vaudoise de Sante, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, University of Lausanne Hospitals
Study Director: Brigitte M. Jolles, PD MER MSc, et al