What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a swelling imbalance in any part of the body caused by a lymphatic system blockage. Lymphedemas are often, but not always, associated with breast cancer surgery, especially lymph node removal. Whilst worldwide figures are unknown the condition appears to occur in approximately 20% of people who undergo lymph node removal surgery and usually occurs within 3 years of the operation. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling.

Though Lymphedema isn't generally life-threatening, it's a chronic condition. The condition usually develops gradually with symptoms consisting of tingling or numbness, aching and heavy feeling, decreased flexibility and/or a tightness in the hand, arm, chest, breast, or underarm areas. Controlling swelling and preventing infection in the swollen areas is essential to health and wellness.  


The PhysioCare Laser by SYMBYX is a medical-grade infrared laser of 904 nanometers for use at home or on the go. The PhysioCare works to reduce pain and chronic inflammation, is CE marked and ARTG-listed and clinically proven to increase joint mobility in a painless and drug-free manner. The patient can use the PhysioCare daily or every other day to control Lymphedema flare ups and provide relief. Of course, drinking plenty of water and moderate exercise may also be helpful in the management of Lymphedema.

There are several studies on the use of low level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation as it is also called on Lymphedema. For further reading we suggest a research paper titled,  'Low-level laser therapy/photobiomodulation in the management of side effects of chemoradiation therapy in head and neck cancer: part 2: proposed applications and treatment protocols' from March 2016.