Upper Body Lymphedema

Nearly 40 percent of cancer patients develop lymphedema at some point after radiation treatment or surgery. Secondary lymphedema is still largely under-diagnosed in the medical community. Yet according to anecdotal reports from health care providers, it is a rapidly increasing problem.

Women with this often painful chronic condition that can occur following successful breast cancer treatments can be hard pressed to find any information on lymphedema (swelling) in the armpit, chest, breast and/or back.

After a lymphedema diagnosis, it is imperative that you get measured by a certified compression garment fitter. Although there are compression garment shops who claim that they can fit you for a garment, be sure that the fitter has the specialized training necessary to fit you properly in the appropriate garment. Ill fitting garments can cause major setbacks in your progress towards maintaining the condition.

Our certified ABC/BOC compression fitter, Kristen Knowles is a pioneer in the lymphedema management community. She is known to trouble shoot the most difficult lymphedema swelling cases, creating a reputation as a relentless warrior in customizing the best compression garment solutions available.

Kristen has fitted active iron man marathon participants with custom compression garments that allow them to have the most in flexibility and mobility. She's also helped avid travelers with garments specifically designed to enable them to fly comfortably.

We carry the latest lymphedmea advanced technology compression garments available including: JoviPak, Tribute, Sigvaris, Jobst, Medi, Farrow, CircAid, Juzo, Lymphedivas and more.

We also have certified massage therapists and treatment specialists who can assist you with MLD and limb bandaging. Our goal at Ricky Knowles Hair & Wellness is to help you succeed in your self-care management.

Our insurance specialist will even submit your claims and serve as your patient advocate, ensuring that you receive your full insurance benefits.

Call today for a free initial consultation: 713-623-4247


"At my first appointment with Ricky Knowles Hair & Wellness, I found out that the compression garments that I was wearing did not fit my properly. Apparently, the other garment fitter that I was seeing did not measure me correctly. My new garments look and feel great! I now have a night compression garment that has helped even further reduce my swelling. I am so happy to have a great team working with me!"

- Mary Davenport
Breast Cancer Survivor & Artist