Lipedema - PT07


Often Confused with Lymphedema

by Harold Merriman, PT, PhD, CLT
(4.4 / 246 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 that can be painful. The goal of this 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 goal of this lipedema continuing education 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. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the etiology, pathophysiology, and risk factors of lipedema
  • Describe how lipedema is diagnosed and treated
  • Compare and contrast the disease process and treatment of lymphedema with that of lipedema

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Department of CE for PTs and PTAs from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2018. 
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of continuing education by The NC Physical Therapy Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 03/08/2009 through 3/08/2010. 
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 09S0192, expiration date 2/2/10; approval no. 10S0431 for 02/03/10 to 02/03/11; 11S0705 for 02/04/11 to 02/04/12; 12S0225 for 02/05/12 to 02/05/13; 13S0245 for 02/06/13 to 02/06/14; 14S0344 for 02/07/14 to 02/07/15; 15S0590 for 02/08/15 to 02/08/16; 16S0776 for 02/09/16 to 02/09/17; 16S0776 for 02/09/16 to 02/09/17).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE90213430, exp. date 12/31/09; approval no. CE100015318, exp. date 12/31/10; CE110017109 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120017118 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019615 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021519 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023664 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27107 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 45023A for 2/2/09 through 2/2/10).
The TN PTA for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 3730 for 04/14/11 to 04/13/12, 4383 for 04/14/12 to 04/13/13, 4973 for 04/14/13 to 04/13/14, 5470 for 04/14/14 to 04/13/15; 6032 for 04/14/15 to 04/13/16; 2016-160 for 04/16/16 to 04/15/17).
The PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE003856 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007085 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010215 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 552-2009, exp. date 1/31/10; approval no. 294-2010 for 2/1/10 to 1/31/12; 109-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 728-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-445 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 04/12/11 to 04/12/15; 2/13/2015 to 02/13/2019.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 07/26/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437-2705, exp. date 2/1/2010; approval no. 437.3222 for 02/01/10 to 02/01/11; 437-3795 for 04/01/11 to 04/01/12; 437-4079 for 04/01/12 to 04/01/13; 437-4792 for 04/01/13 to 04/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL Physical Therapy Act (section 1340.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50% of their required CE 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: 2/2/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/13/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/13/2019


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Elizabeh J - Pegram, TN  ·  Feb 11, 2017
A very good review of differential diagnosis
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Jen L - Quakertown, PA  ·  Feb 09, 2017
Informative and easy to read. Would have liked more patient scenarios
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ANN M - valencia, CA  ·  Feb 01, 2017
good explanation of confusing diagnoses.
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Rebecca L - Memphis, TN  ·  Jan 04, 2017
Very informative and helpful in differentiating between lipedema and lymphedema!
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Allison C - Greenville, NC  ·  Dec 28, 2016
Good information on lipedema
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