According to Cancer Australia, the aim of lymphoedema management is to reduce and control swelling, improve the range of movement of the affected area and prevent infections.
Your doctor may refer you to a qualified lymphoedema practitioner for an individualised treatment program, often referred to as complex physical therapy (CPT). A lymphoedema practitioner is an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or nurse who is specifically trained to treat lymphoedema.
The treatments recommended will vary depending on the stage of lymphoedema and the severity of symptoms but may include:
- Compression garments or compression bandaging
- Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
- Special limb exercises
- Advice on general exercise
- Advice on skin care