What is Lymphoedema? - Fitwise Physiotherapy


Lymphoedema is a condition

Lymphoedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system (the network of vessels that carry and clear fluid).

Primary lymphoedema may arise at any age and is usually genetic in origin.

Secondary lymphoedema is not uncommon in those who have undergone cancer surgery where lymph nodes may or may not have been removed. If you have had surgery that has involved removal of lymph nodes, there is a higher risk of developing lymphoedema in time.

Here at Fitwise Physiotherapy, we aim to achieve normal sized and fully functioning limbs, and to optimise quality of life. A consultation with the Physiotherapist will initially involve a thorough assessment of the affected limb and then treatment solutions that may include:

  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Instruction for home-based lymphatic drainage
  • Appropriate exercise advice and prescription
  • Measuring for ordering/fitting of compression garments
  • Prevention advice

Care should be taken with air travel, particularly long distance air travel, when you have lymphoedema. We are able to measure and fit the appropriate garments and provide you with advice for effective management while you are travelling.