Lymphoedema is swelling caused by abnormal build-up of lymph fluid, usually in a limb extremity. This happens when there is insufficient drainage in lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes. Lymphoedema can occur following some cancer treatments especially where lymph nodes have been removed or damaged eg. post mastectomy.
Swelling is most common in the arms or legs, but may also occur in the trunk. Although it is not possible to repair the damaged lymphatic system, lymphoedema can be managed. The aim of treatment is to improve the drainage of fluid and reduce swelling, pain and discomfort.
In our clinic we utilise the most advanced techniques for treating lymphoedema and venous disorders. Treatment may include the following:
- Sequential gradient pump therapy
- Manual lymphoedema drainage and Soft Tissue Mobilisation
- Specialised multilayer compression bandage
- Modalities, including, electrical stimulation
- Laser therapy
- Patient specific exercise program, including range of motion, stretching, and strengthening and Patient education.