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Lymphedema Management of the Upper and Lower Extremities

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

This intermediate level two day ourse is designed to teach therapists the most current management techniques to effectively treat lymphedema. Recent research studies are thoroughly discussed validating current treatment techniques. Participants will leave this course with the information and techniques needed to immediately begin managing patients with lymphedema. Effective assessment and treatment approaches are thoroughly explained and practiced in the laboratory exercises. Clinicians will gain information pertaining to the manual techniques required to appropriately design a therapeutic treatment approach and self-care program.

Lymphedema may range in severity from mildly annoying with poor aesthetics to severely debilitating and disabling. Regardless of the severity of the patient?s lymphedema, pain, decreased range of motion, decreased limb strength and decreased functional abilities are often present. In order to address these issues the therapist needs to understand how to minimize the edema by creating a healthier cell environment while simultaneously working to improve range of motion, strength and function.

Successful functional outcomes with lymphedema patients can be achieved if the therapist has the appropriate clinical skills and current theoretical knowledge of lymphedema. Emphasis must also be placed on teaching the patient to effectively manage their lymphedema. This course provides the therapist with the skills to achieve successful outcomes and develop self-care programs for lymphedema patients. Participants also receive intense practical experience in a small class environment, which prepares the therapist to immediately apply the skills in the clinical setting.


Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the lymph system.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of lymphedema and pathogenesis of common upper and lower extremity lymphedema.
  • Understand the common diagnostic procedures for lymphedema.
  • Recognize, assess and treat the different classifications of upper and lower extremity lymphedema.
  • Perform proper massage techniques to enhance lymphatic flow and explain the physiologic rationale for lymph drainage massage.
  • Correctly apply short stretch compression bandages in the treatment of upper and lower extremity lymphedema.
  • Perform limb measurements that provide acceptable documentation of outcome measures.
  • Instruct patients and health care professionals in precautions and skin care.
  • Choose the appropriate compression garments and instruct patients in correct application.
  • Develop appropriate individualized treatment programs for successful functional outcomes.
  • Instructor name

    Rebecca Lotz PT, CLT

    What I have to offer is a broad perspective and intricate understanding of the skills necessary to treat lymphedema.
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    PT OT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    North American Seminars, Inc. is an AOTA provider for continuing education. Provider number 4487. Please download the specific course brochure for the AOTA classification and allotted AOTA hours. The AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products or clinical procedures.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU.

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Call for evidence-based status. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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    Online Continuing Education Course Resource For This Course

    PT PTA OT Online Continuing Education Course

    The Lymphedema Toolbox version 4.0 - Resource tools for therapists studying and treating lymphedema

    Price when purchased with registration: $ 134.96

    Delivery: USB - Windows OS (if DVD - delivered to course site)

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