An Occupational Understanding of Lymphedema - OT11

An Occupational Understanding of Lymphedema

by Michelle Baker, OTR/L, CLT
(4.3 / 975 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Lymphedema occurs when there is an increase in fluid in soft body tissue from trauma or dysfunction of the lymphatic system. Damage interferes with the ability of the lymph fluid to move through the body. Lymph fluid circulation is critical to keeping the body healthy because it collects bacteria, viruses, and waste products. Evaluating the impact of lymphedema and providing individualized treatment is essential to supporting occupational engagement and enhancing quality of life for clients. This learning module provides occupational therapy professionals with an overview of the lymphatic system and lymphedema, how lymphedema impacts a person's function and quality of life, and evidence-based methods for treatment.


The goal of this educational program is to provide occupational therapists with an understanding of occupational deficits associated with lymphedema and treatment options available.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Name important structures of the lymphatic system and understand their basic functions.
  • Describe the etiology of lymphedema.
  • Describe the physical and psychological impact of lymphedema.
  • Identify at least three occupational therapy treatment strategies to address lymphedema.
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Domain 1:  Occupational therapy process (evaluation)
Domain 2: OT process (intervention)
Domain 3: Domain of OT (client factors)

Approval Information
Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
Relias LLC reports completions to the following states utilizing CEBroker: AL, AZ, GA, FL, LA, MS, SC, TN (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 8/15/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/1/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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ASHLEY D - WESLEY CHAPEL, FL  ·  May 26, 2020
Clear and helpful for basic knowledge
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Kate F - Long Beach, CA  ·  May 24, 2020
Would appreciate diagrams of the lymphatic system.
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Rebecca S - Wesley Chapel, FL  ·  May 23, 2020
It is a good basic description of lymphedema for those who are not well versed in the subject.
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Hui Y - apopka, FL  ·  May 03, 2020
Lymphedema is something I see occasionally in acute care, so I’m glad I had this course to help with my foundation in this subject.
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Mandy C - Winter Haven, FL  ·  Apr 27, 2020
Nice overview and refresher
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50