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Comprehensive Guide to Lymphedema in Children

Primary and secondary lymphedema in children is relatively rare, but carries with it the significant and lifelong burden of having to manage chronic swelling and prevent secondary complications. Here I describe pediatric lymphedema (also called ‘paediatric lymphoedema’), and the special considerations for diagnosis, ongoing monitoring, treatment, and complications. The majority of patients…

Why Whiplash Treatment Can Fail

Whiplash is an incredibly common motor vehicle accident injury, and one that can significantly diminish quality of life. Unfortunately whiplash treatment programs don’t always successfully resolve symptoms, leaving some patients with prolonged or chronic pain and disability. Why do whiplash treatments fail to work for some people? Neck pain and…

New research for preventing recurrence of lower back pain: 2 do’s and 5 don’ts

Specific recommendations for how to prevent lower back pain are largely absent from existing clinical guidelines and research literature. Thankfully, newly published data provides some much needed evidence-based insight. Non-specific low back pain (pain without an identified cause such as degenerative disc disease) is an enormous health problem, causing huge health…

Best exercises for lymphedema patients

Current research supports exercise in patients with lymphedema. But some types of exercises for lymphedema patients may be more beneficial than others. The latest research supports exercise for individuals with lymphedema Although the body of research is still relatively small, there is considerable and growing evidence to suggest that exercise…

Should I wear lymphedema compression garments while exercising?

Compression bandaging and garments can help reduce swelling due to lymphedema, but should patients wear lymphedema compression garments while exercising? People with lymphedema suffer from lymphatic insufficiency, an inability to effectively clear extravascular fluid from affected tissues. Consequently, anything that increases fluid volume in an affected area could cause symptom…