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What kind of exercises can I do for lymphedema in my legs?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Compression

Visit a lymphedema clinic if possible.
They will help coordinate your treatment plan. Compression, compression, compression is most effective at bringing down swelling and for maintenance (ace wraps, stockings, etc.). Leg elevation at the end of the day. Massage therapy is offered by many lymphedema clinics. Sometimes a diuretic (water pill) can help bring down the swelling....Ask your doc.

In brief: Compression

Visit a lymphedema clinic if possible.
They will help coordinate your treatment plan. Compression, compression, compression is most effective at bringing down swelling and for maintenance (ace wraps, stockings, etc.). Leg elevation at the end of the day. Massage therapy is offered by many lymphedema clinics. Sometimes a diuretic (water pill) can help bring down the swelling....Ask your doc.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Lymphedema

Any aerobic activity would be of benefit, but was aerobic activities they will be increase blood flow into the legs, and the lymphatic system will have to work harder. Use of a compression stocking, in the recovery phase is very important to help return fluid more efficiently and rapidly back towards the heart.
The easiest would be low impact aerobics, like elliptical or bicycle

In brief: Lymphedema

Any aerobic activity would be of benefit, but was aerobic activities they will be increase blood flow into the legs, and the lymphatic system will have to work harder. Use of a compression stocking, in the recovery phase is very important to help return fluid more efficiently and rapidly back towards the heart.
The easiest would be low impact aerobics, like elliptical or bicycle
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Exercise importance

You should see a lymphedema therapist who can recommend exercises for you.
Lymphedema are generally mild, stretching types of exericses. Activity is important, as is making sure you keep you weight under control.

In brief: Exercise importance

You should see a lymphedema therapist who can recommend exercises for you.
Lymphedema are generally mild, stretching types of exericses. Activity is important, as is making sure you keep you weight under control.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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