Lymphoedema is a condition which causes chronic swelling, usually of the arm or leg. It is caused when the drainage systems from the tissues of the body fail in some way. There are many causes of chronic swelling and they need to be investigated by a doctor or other specialist to identify the cause and the best treatment options. If it is then felt that our treatments are appropriate, a health professional can make a referral to us.
We run clinics in Carlisle, Penrith and Wigton. We are happy to visit housebound patients at home. When we first meet a patient we make a full assessment to see what impact the swelling has on his or her day-to-day life. We then develop a treatment plan, which may include some or all of the following:
Skin Care – This helps to reduce the risk of complications such as infection.
Compression therapy – This will be in the form of either compression bandaging or supportive hosiery (stockings or sleeves).
Advice regarding exercise and positioning of the limb – To make the patient more comfortable.
Massage – This may be daily self-massage or Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) which is performed by us.
Lymph taping – this uses a special kind of therapeutic tape that encourages movement of the fluid under the skin.
A lot of lymphoedema treatment is based around self-care and we will help patients to manage their condition with help from their carers if necessary.