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Course Overview

Lymphedema is a chronic, incurable, and debilitating disease. For a therapist to treat the clinical presentation of lymphedema requires additional training and certification. However, physical therapists often treat patients with lymphedema for other impairments, and it is important to understand the impact of lymphedema on the course of care. This course will introduce physical therapy professionals to their role in effective patient management. Learners will identify the early signs and symptoms of lymphedema, the interaction of lymphedema with clinical presentation and progression, when to refer a patient to a specialist, and how to introduce or reinforce patient self-management techniques. 

About the Course Author

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist in multiple care settings, including acute care, inpatient rehab, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and outpatient orthopedics. Wendy has a strong manual therapy background and has completed additional training in McConnell taping, geriatric care, McKenzie MDT, Maitland Mobilizations for the joints and spine. She is most passionate about using her manual skills to improve mobility and reduce pain in individuals of all ages. As a Lead Physical Therapy writer for Relias, Wendy enjoys being able to combine her clinical knowledge with her interest in research and staying up-to-date with changes and advances in the field of rehabilitation. Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

Aimee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University. Her Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) certification is with the Norton School. Clinically, her interests include pelvic health, as well as lymphedema treatment. She most likes being able to address the “whole person” with her treatment strategies and to work with her clients to find practical, long-term management and treatment approaches to allow her clients to minimize the impact chronic conditions may have on their lives. 


Aimee Jonio, PT, DPT, CLT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • Alabama State Board of Physical Therapy


    The Alabama Board of Physical Therapy recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Define lymphedema, including incidence, etiology, and risk factors.; Give examples of the impact lymphedema has on clinical presentation, evaluation, and treatment.; Identify the signs and symptoms of lymphedema.; Illustrate an effective way to educate patients about lymphedema self-management techniques.; Recall current guidelines for lymphedema treatment.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: About Lymphedema
    The Lymphatic System
    What Iis Lymphedema?
    Primary and Secondary Lymphedema
    Incidence of Lymphedema
    Stages of Secondary Lymphedema
    Cellulitis and Lymphedema
    Risk Factors for Developing Lymphedema
    Lipedema vs Lymphedema
    Intervention for Lymphedema
    Section 3: Lymphedema and Your Patient
    Patient Presentation
    Education for a Better Understanding
    Safety Factors and Risk Reduction for Clinicians and Patients
    When to Measure
    Section 4: Tailoring your Treatment
    Complete Decongestive Therapy
    Section 5: Conclusion
    Course Contributors

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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