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Lymphoedema (a permanent swelling of part(s) of the body) is an underestimated health problem. Often undiagnosed and left untreated, it can considerably reduce quality of life in many ways.
Although is cannot be cured, with appropriate treatment, the often distressing physical and psychological symptoms can be vastly improved and controlled.
Causes of lymphoedema:
Cancer or its treatment
Injury, infection or surgery
Paralysis or limited limb movement
Genetic lymphatic defects
Benefits of treatment include:
A diagnosis and full explanation of your condition
An individualised treatment programme of care
Control of your swelling and improved comfort
Improved range of movement, better posture/gait and greater independence
Improved skin condition and less infections
Reduced clothing/footwear limitations
Increased confidence and self esteem
Better quality of life