Lipoedema What is Lipoedema? Lipoedema occurs almost exclusively in women and presents as a symmetrical enlargement of both legs and lower half of the body due to an abnormal deposition of fat. Sometimes confused with lymphoedema and often wrongly labelled as obesity, this condition responds poorly to diet and exercise with sufferers experiencing weight loss in other parts of the body when attempts are made to restrict calorie intake. The condition leads to swelling around the buttocks, thighs and legs and sometimes the arms. The legs and skin are often tender and there is a tendency to bruise easily. The swelling normally finishes around the ankles with the feet unaffected. Can Lipoedema cause Lymphoedema? In lipoedema sufferers there is often an insufficiency in the lymphatic system causing some oedema or the lymphatic system may simply be overloaded, again causing oedema. How is Lipoedema diagnosed? Individuals who suspect they may have lipoedema should consult a therapist to have their condition assessed thoroughly. Diagnosis is often achieved via a careful case history of past and present symptoms along with visual and palpatory assessment of the legs. How is Lipoedema Treated? Although often responding slowly to treatment, the symptoms of lipoedema can be alleviated with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), deep Oscillation Therapy and Compression Therapy where tolerated. It is of importance to seek correct advice on the management of the condition as neglect can lead to future problems should combined lipo-lymphoedema develop.   The 3 stages of lipoedema development:   Stage 1       Stage 2               Stage 3 Lymphoedema Clinic Sports Injury Clinic Personal Training Personal Aesthetics  Can Lipoedema Cause Lymphoedema? Lipoedema  Related Health Conditions  What is Lipoedema? How is Lipoedema Diagnosed? Media and Research  Appointments Tel: 01529 469278 Mob: 07899 964163 E-mail: ann@lighterlimbs.co.uk