Lymphoedema

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Gbah LymphoedemaWhat is lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is swelling due to some malfunction or abnormality of the lymphatic system.

If the lymphatic vessels or nodes are damaged, removed or overloaded, lymph can accumulate and stagnate in the tissues.

Surgery to remove lymph nodes or radiotherapy for cancer treatment can interrupt the drainage of lymph fluid from the affected part of the body.

The affected area can them become swollen, painful and heavy.

The swelling is at first reversible, but if it is left untreated, the lymph becomes thicker and more difficult to move.

Lymphoedema Management

Lymphoedema can be managed and the swelling decreased by a program which may include a combination of:

  • Specialised massage
  • Bandaging
  • Compression garments
  • Exercise routine and skin care

Physiotherapists Treating Lymphoedema

Danika Kingston completed her Level 1 lymphoedema management course through Lymphoedema Training and Education in 2015.

Gabby Boyce obtained her training from the University of Adelaide in 1993.

Both physiotherapists are members of the Australian Lymphoedema Association (ALA). They participate in regular lymphology professional development courses that are run through ALA. Their treatment aims to reduce the swelling and to educate the patient in management of the swelling.

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