Swelling

Swelling can be caused by inactivity, lack of mobility or various illnesses. This can lead to pain and reduced mobility.

The lymphatic system interacts with the blood circulatory system to drain excess fluid from cells and tissues, and thus reduce swelling. If the lymphatic system is disrupted or damaged, it can lose this ability and the excess fluid will cause the tissue to swell.

Symptoms of swelling may include:

  • swelling in all or part of a limb, which can cause problems with wearing jewellery or watches, or fitting into clothes or shoes
  • heavy and aching feeling
  • loss of mobility
  • pain

It is possible to control the symptoms using a combination of different techniques, such as skin care, compression garments, specific exercise / movements to try and maximise lymph drainage without over exertion and massage.

References

NHS
The Lymphoedema Support Network
Cancer Research UK

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