LIPOEDEMA

Lipoedema is a chronic adipose tissue disorder which mainly affects women.

 

The cause is still greatly unknown but has hormonal & hereditary influences as there is often a family history and it usually appears around periods of hormonal change such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause or times of major stress.

Lipoedema is a progressive disorder and life long management with compression, manual lymphatic drainage, diet, exercise and skin care is required.

Symptoms of Lipoedema are:

*  Usually bi-lateral (affects both legs or arms) 

*  Fat deposits are symmetrical

*  Disproportional fat distribution  

* Does not affect the feet or hands giving a cuff like appearance

*  Diet & Exercise do not make an impact

*  skin bruises easily

*  Pain is felt in affected limbs

*  Fatty nodules can be felt under the skin

 

Treatment:  Compression, complete de-congestive therapy,  manual lymphatic  drainage, diet, exercise and skin care.