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 / 540 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 10/20/18.
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).
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.
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).
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).
New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 311-2012 from 03/01/12 to 01/31/14; 253-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16)
This course has been approved by the:
Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 01/27/12 to 01/27/16; 03/16/15 to 03/16/19
Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 02/28/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4181 for 03/01/12 to 03/01/13, 437-4638 for 03/01/13 to 03/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.

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.

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Janine B - Pacific Grove, CA  ·  Nov 24, 2015
Good intro to CDT and MLD.
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JULIE S - DACULA, GA  ·  Nov 16, 2015
Good overall knowledge on the topic that would likely be helpful to most PT's working in various settings
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Carol P - Camarillo, CA  ·  Nov 15, 2015
Good information about a condition which is relatively not understood by most therapists.
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Michelle C - Shelton, CT  ·  Oct 28, 2015
The course was an easy read, facts were presented clearly and it greatly increased my knowledge of the subject related to PT.
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Hadji Alejandro D - Van Nuys, CA  ·  Sep 21, 2015
This is very informative to fellow healthcare practitioners who are less familiar when dealing patients diagnosed with lymphedema.
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Price: $19.00
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