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Lymphoedema Treatments

Healthcare Inspectorate WalesDo you suffer from swelling in the Body? Lymphoedema treatments are now available. 

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissue. This can lead to pain and a loss of mobility.

Lymphoedema is a condition that impacts on the arms or legs, although swelling may also occur in the head, chest and genitals.

Lymphoedema is caused by damage or disruption to the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system drains excess fluid from tissues. If the lymphatic system is disrupted or damaged, the excess fluid may cause the tissue to swell.

Symptoms of lymphoedema

The main symptom of lymphoedema is swelling in all or part of a limb, which can cause problems with wearing jewellery or watches, or fitting into clothes or shoes. Other symptoms include:

  • Heavy and aching limbs
  • Loss of mobility in the limb
  • Pain in the limb
  • Painful joints
  • Reoccurring skin infections in the limb
  • Blisters or wart-like growths developing on the surface of the skin on the affected limb.

The recommended treatment for lymphoedema is a treatment plan – Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT).  CDT is not a cure for lymphoedema, but it can assist in the stabilising and control of the symptoms of swelling and pain.

Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

There are four components to CDT treatment:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialised massage technique designed to stimulate the flow of fluid and reduce swelling.
  • Multilayer lymphoedema bandaging (MLLB) uses bandages and compression garments to move fluid out of the affected limb.
  • Remedial exercises designed to activate muscles in the limb to improve lymph drainage.
  • Skin care to prevent infection.

Treatments for Lymphoedema are now available from the Clear Skin Dermatology Treatment Clinic. For more information please call 029 2079 5775.