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Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs. Lymphoedema is caused by a problem with the lymphatic system, a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body. The main functions of the lymphatic system are helping fight infection and draining excess fluid from tissues. It is important that lymphoedema is identified and treated as soon as possible. If it is not treated, it can get worse.

Lymphoedema can be primary (congenital) or secondary, for example to cancer, cancer treatments or leg ulcers.

Symptoms of lymphoedema

The main symptom of lymphoedema is swelling in all or part of a limb or another part of the body. It can be difficult to fit into clothes, and jewellery and watches can feel tight.

Other symptoms in an affected body part can include:

  • Aching, heavy feeling and difficulty with movement
  • Skin infections and wart-like growths on skin
  • Hard, tight skin and folds developing in the skin
  • Fluid leaking through the skin

Our physiotherapists can work closely with you to design a treatment program to help manage the swelling and meet your goals for returning to your activities. Treatment may include:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage, which feels like a light form of massage.
  • A personalised exercise program.
  • Compression bandaging to help reduce your swelling.
  • Educating you about how proper nutrition and diet, and skin and nail care can help reduce your risk of infection.

At Home Physio Group, our Physiotherapists can create a custom program for you. For more information please contact us on 0330 335 1016 or alternatively please fill out our contact sheet and we will get back to you.

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We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as may visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you