Lipedema - PT07


Often Confused with Lymphedema

by Ann Elsasser-Root, PT, DPT
(4.5 / 514 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Lipedema is an often overlooked disease that primarily affects women. It is characterized by a gradual and chronic progressive symmetrical accumulation of fat in the subcutaneous tissue, typically seen in the buttocks and lower extremities. 


The goal of this lipedema educational program is to provide physical therapists with an overview of lipedema, including etiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, clinical manifestations, treatment options, and differential diagnosis with lymphedema. 
The content in this course is applicable to physical therapy professionals. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe the etiology, pathophysiology, and risk factors of lipedema.
  • Identify the most common signs and symptoms of lipedema.
  • Differentiate between lipedema and other causes of fat or fluid accumulation.
  • Summarize current treatment strategies for lipedema.

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 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.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 19S0569 for 2/12/19 to 2/12/20).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-518197 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-187 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 2/13/15 to 2/13/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/01/19 to 07/31/20.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 2/2/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/22/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2023


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.


For Florida professionals:

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Dara C - San Marcos, CA  ·  Apr 02, 2020
Good review of lipedema presentation.
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Margaret M - Dallas, TX  ·  Apr 01, 2020
interesting course content
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Paulinder M - Austin, TX  ·  Mar 29, 2020
it was very informative about lipedema and differentiating it from lymphedema
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Sheree D - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Mar 26, 2020
Good basic information
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Colleen C - Corinth, TX  ·  Mar 16, 2020
great course, would suggest this to a coworker
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Price: $19.00
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