Educating Therapists Prior to Educating Patients Regarding Lymphedema - PT36

Educating Therapists Prior to Educating Patients Regarding Lymphedema

by Kathleen Lieu, MSPT, DPT, CLT
(4.5 / 526 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Lymphedema is a chronic, incurable and debilitating disease. A healthy lymphatic system adequately transports and drains lymph fluid from the interstitium in the human body. A damaged, obstructed or compromised lymphatic system allows proteins from lymph fluid to remain in interstitial tissue. This accumulation of protein-heavy lymph fluid in the skin results in lymphedema, otherwise known as “lymph-swelling.”


The goal of this lymphedema continuing education program is to improve rehabilitation physical therapists’ knowledge and understanding of lymphedema prior to educating their patients. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define lymphedema, including incidence, etiology, symptoms, signs and risk factors
  • Discuss different intervention and prevention options
  • Describe two effective ways to educate patients about lymphedema

Approval Information is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/15.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California. is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor
(#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2016.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S0575 for 03/01/12 to 03/01/13, 13S0242 for 03/02/13 to 03/02/14; 14S0504 for 03/03/14 to 03/03/15; 15S0758 for 03/04/15 to 03/04/16).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE120018482 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130018726 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140022310 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024039 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4210 for 03/01/12 to 02/28/13, 4848 for 03/01/13 to 02/28/14; 5556 for 03/01/14 to 02/28/15; 6094 for 03/01/15 to 02/28/16).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002965 for 03/25/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003864 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE008023 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16).

Course Originally Released on: 3/12/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/2/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/2/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Heather R - UT, UT  ·  May 05, 2015
1. rate as 3 2. yes 3. short course which was informative for it's brevity
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Ronald E - Clovis , CA  ·  Apr 14, 2015
It gives specifics about the disorders, yet clearly defines what a PT can and cannot due in terms of treatment. Again the multidisciplinary approach is stated as a priority.
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Christine S - Cedar Park, TX  ·  Jan 19, 2015
I learned a lot about lymphedema that I had not known even though I work in wound care.
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MICHELLE S - shillington, PA  ·  Jan 15, 2015
It was informative and very good.
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Michelle M - Houston, TX  ·  Jan 04, 2015
Provides a brief but concise information essential to PT intervention for lymphedema. Comparing the lymphatic system to plumbers/pipelines/sewage is a very good idea and the easiest way to make patients understand the lymphatic system and lymphedema.
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