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 / 511 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 continuing education program is to improve rehabilitation physical therapists’ knowledge and understanding of lymphedema prior to educating their patients.


The goal of this 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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
The 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).
Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
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.
The 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.
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.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

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

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.

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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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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Sandra M - Memphis, TN  ·  Dec 28, 2014
This was a good introduction to lymphedema. It instructs the therapist on how to diagnosis the condition and when referral is appropriate.
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Elise A - Hilton Head Island, SC  ·  Dec 14, 2014
Good intro to treatment.
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