Signs and symptoms of Lymphedema:
Feeling of fullness or heaviness in the swollen part of the body
Changes in the skin colour, texture or tightness
Decreased flexibility or mobility in or around the affected area
Clothes or shoes fitting tightly in one specific area despite not having gained weight. Ring, watch or bracelets fitting unusually tight.
Aching pain or pin and needles in the affected area.
What is CDT?
Combined Decongestive Therapy is the best form of treatment for lymphedema. A typical CDT treatment includes Manual Lymph Drainage, compression bandaging, as well as skin care and exercises. There are three phases of Lymphedema therapy, we recommend that you commit to the treatment plan to get the best and most durable results. The goal of CDT is to reduce the swelling down to the normal size or as close as possible to the normal size of the affected limb and to improve skin health. Your therapist will also teach you how to self-bandage, exercises to do at home to improve your mobility and how to take care of your skin to prevent any infection.
Did you know?
The lymphatic system has two functions: to facilitate fluid movement from the tissues back to the blood stream and to actively participate in the immune system. Lymph nodes are filtration stations and “cleanse” the fluid before it goes back to the blood stream.
When does Lymphedema occur?
After a surgery
After a trauma
After a node dissection, chemotherapy or irradiation
With a genetic condition (primary lymphedema)