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Lymphedema Management

The Center has a Lymphedema Management Program. This program is specially designed to assist those individuals who due to surgery, radiation therapy, or congenital problems have extreme chronic swelling of their arms and / or legs. The advanced certification required to perform the techniques used in this program is only available to qualified physical therapists, occupational therapists, or physicians. Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center has
Lymphedema Management at Schuylkill Rehabilitation Centera therapist who is certified in this most scientific treatment procedure. There are no other therapists in Schuylkill County who are certified in this specialized lymphedema management technique. The Center is also a member of the National Lymphedema Network.

Lymphedema Management at Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center is performed by a licensed therapist certified in the LeDuc method, who provides manual lymphatic drainage, multi-layered compression bandaging, compression garment fitting and educational precautions to help clients manage the symptoms associated with this condition.

Lymphedema is a protein rich swelling which usually occurs in the arms and legs but occasionally in other parts of the body. This swelling develops when the lymphatic system is impaired, whether it be congenital or as a result of surgery or radiation therapy.

Symptoms of lymphedema may include swelling of one or more areas of the body, unusual sensation in the limb, skin feeling tight, decreased flexibility in the hand, wrist or ankle, difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area, and/or ring/wristwatch/bracelet tightness.

If you experience these symptoms, it is important that you seek medical advice as soon as possible. Early diagnoses and treatment may be beneficial in improving the prognosis and the condition.

Treatment Program For Lymphedema

  • A thorough evaluation of the involved limb(s) and a complete assessment, including functional level, nutritional status and psychoemotional needs.
  • Applying manual lymphatic drainage techniques
  • Bandaging the edematous limb
  • Fitting for compression garments
  • Applying intermittent compression pumps
  • Instructing in therapeutic exercise for clinic and home
  • Patient education in proper skin care, diet, self-manual lymphatic drainage, garment wearing and care, and general precautions for lymphedema patients

Leduc Method for Lymphedema Management

Professor Albert Leduc is a Licensed Physical Therapist and graduate of Brussels University, France. He is a Professor and Director of the National Foundation for Medical Science Research at Brussels University. It was here that he became interested in Lymphology and his initial studies were published in 1973 and 1974.

The efficacy of the Leduc manual techniques and bandaging were established as a result of his continued studies. Occupational therapists, Physical therapists and Physicians are the only health care practitioners eligible to be certified in these methods.

Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center is also a National Lymphedema Network Sponsoring Treatment Center.

For more information regarding Lymphedema visit these websites:

National Lymphedema Network
Coast to Coast School of Lymphedema Management
Lymphatic Research Foundation