Lymphoedema is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. However, it can be controlled with early intervention. When the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged, lymph fluid accumulates in tissue causing long term swelling of parts of the body: lymphoedema. Individuals affected by lymphoedema seeking treatment should be seen by a specialist Physiotherapist – ie, a practitioner with an appropriate postgraduate qualification (complex de-congestive therapy [CDT]/manual lymphatic drainage [MLD] certificated. It is important to recognise the early signs of this condition.
Lymphoedema most often affects the limb, but can also occur in the face, neck and abdomen, genitals and internal organs.
- A feeling of heaviness
- Soreness in affected area
- Skin changes
- Clothing or jewellery may feel tighter
Unfortunately Lymphoedema cannot be prevented or cured entirely; Physiotherapy however can help to lessen the uncomfortable effects of lymphoedema.
Physiotherapists manage the condition primarily using manual lymphatic drainage – draining lymph fluid from tissues – as well as deploying multi-layer bandaging, skin care and exercises. In some cases positioning may be used by the Physiotherapist.
They will also advise on the use of special sleeves or support stockings and give more general advice to avoid aggravating the condition. Machines are also available for purchase. They are specialized and expensive and one of our highly skilled Physiotherapists can advise on the correct one for you.
Our Physiotherapists are highly trained and qualified to provide expert care to our patients. They are fully insured and are chartered by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).
We have a team of Clinical leads who visits our Physiotherapists and clinics to ensure a level of customer service and quality care that exceeds our competition is given to patients every time. You can be sure in the knowledge that you are in safe hands!