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Lymphoedema Therapy

What is lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a build up of fluid which can occur in any part of the body particularly the arm, leg, breast, trunk and genitals.

The increase fluid is due to a malformation in the lymphatic system (Primary Lymphoedema) or damage tothe lymphatic system caused by trauma, infection, surgery or radiotherapy (Secondar Lympoedema).

This swelling can be difficult to manage if left untreated and can lead to other problems such as increased pain, skin changes and reduced function.

Who is at risk of Lymphoedema?

  • People who have had surgery and/or removal of lymph nodes
  • Those who have had radiotherapy
  • People who have had a trauma or injury to the lymphatic system
  • People with chronic cellulitis

Signs and Symptoms

  • Swelling of part of the body
  • Heaviness, tightness or fullness of a limb
  • Aching or pain in a swollen limb
  • Clothing, shoes or jewellery may feel tighter

Management

Our lymphoedema therapist is trained to provide Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to patients affected by lymphoedema.

This may include

  • Assessment and education
  • Manual lymphatic drainage massage
  • Kinesio taping
  • Compression bandaging
  • Prescription of exercises
  • Prescription of compression garments

Treatment may also include the use of low level laser therapy or pneumatic compression pump therapy

Other conditions related to lymphoedema

  • Axillary Cording
  • Muscle weakness
  • Restricted range of movement
  • Scar tightness

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