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Chronic Adipose Tissue Disorder

Lipedema may affect up to 11% of women. It happens when fat is distributed in an irregular way beneath your skin, usually in the buttocks and legs. Although it begins as a cosmetic concern, it can eventually cause pain and other problems. Lipedema can be mistaken for regular obesity or lymphedema.


Lipedema s a chronic adipose tissue disorder that affects millions of women. It begins at puberty or at times of hormonal flux.

One symptom of this condition is a disproportion of fat on the lower body compared to the trunk. It is painful with pearl-size and larger palpable masses and feels heavy due to fluid in the fat.

Lipedema fat is highly resistant to loss by diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery; however, physical therapy offers many modalities to assist in the reduction of fat and treatment of this condition.

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