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I'm diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

I'm diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

Possibly: Lipoedema is primarily a disorder of hypertrophied , excess fat in the limbs [ usually the legs } . Sometimes manual lymph drainage and compression can help. There may be some overlap with a separate medical condition lymphedema. There is no harm in trying. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

Yes: Unfortunately, many treatments have been tried for lipedema, but not many have been helpful. Compression, weight loss, lymphatic drainage don't provide benefit. There have been some who have good success with liposuction, but you need to find a surgeon who is experienced in the procedure for this particular indication. Dr Stefan Raprich in Darmstadt Germany is an expert in this. ...Read more

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How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

Compression, massage: If you have lymphedema from lymph node removal then your options are to wear a special fitted compression wrap on your arm. Something else that can help is lymphatic massage. ...Read more

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How does the lymphatic system absorb body fluids for drainage?

How does the lymphatic system absorb body fluids for drainage?

Tissue swelling: Latin lympha "water goddess" - lymph is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system returns the interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then to the bloodstream, where it is recirculated back to the tissues.Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection and ulcer. Yes I am certified in lymphatic therapy. We use fda approved lymphedema laser therapy for lymph drainage. ...Read more

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What are the levels of upper limb amputation?

What are the levels of upper limb amputation?

Several: Upper limb amputation is unusual and can be performed at many levels: finger, below elbow, above elbow and shoulder. where it is performed is determined by the level of circulation impairment and the level of residual function if a prosthesis is to be used. ...Read more

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Scoliosis bilateral upper limb means?

Scoliosis bilateral upper limb means?

Hard to say: Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine and is not usually used to describe any other part of the body. So to say scoliosis of the upper limbs is not a common way to describe any deformity of the arms. All that being said, it may have been someone's attempt to describe a curvature of the arms, or you may not have understood what was said. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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When should I start therapy for an upper limb amputee?

When should I start therapy for an upper limb amputee?

Right away: Pt should not be delayed. As soon as you had your amputation performed, physical therapy should commence right away, barring no complications after surgery or contraindications to physical therapy. Pt therapist will ensure your ability to participate in pt and will provide you with guided approach on it. ...Read more

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How would you find a prosthetist who understands upper limb amputation?

How would you  find a prosthetist who understands upper limb amputation?

ABC or BOC: Abc and boc are certifying boards for individuals in the prosthetic industry. You may find a qualified prosthetist through their directory. ...Read more

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What is the role of rehabilitation robots in upper limb care post stroke?

What is the role of rehabilitation robots in upper limb care post stroke?

Very important: The post stroke treatment it is very complicated , it needs a lot of time and efforts from the patient and from the therapist.The role of the robots in the treatment it is very important and helpful. It helps with the functions lost , and the rehabilitation of the affected limb. ...Read more

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Lymphatic (Definition)

Arteries and veins carry blood around the body. Fluid leaks out and bathes the tissues and is returned to the heart by a system of vessels termed the lymphatic system. Without it fluid would accumulate in tissues ...Read more

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Drainage (Definition)

Fluid coming out of an open area or wound. This can be infected ...Read more

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