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Continuing Education for Rehabilitation Professionals

Physical Agents

Lecture Name

Physical Agents     $89.85

This lecture is part of the following course:
Peripheral Edema Management


This course addresses the use of physical agents in acute and chronic peripheral edema management. Specifically, the discussion will cover acute edema that results from the inflammatory response to tissue injury and chronic edemas from secondary lymphedema and venous insufficiency. The course is presented in 3 sections: The first unit discusses PRICE, heat modalities (including hot packs and ultrasound), Kinesio Tape and high voltage pulsed current; the second unit discusses compression pumps; and the final unit addresses laser therapy.

This course was developed in collaboration with the Oncology section of the APTA.

Oncology Section, American Physical Therapy Association

Continuing education credits

  • This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

  • AOTA: This program is offered for 0.30 CEUs, Intermediate Level:

    • Domain of OT: Client Factors.
    • Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention.

    EDUCATA is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

  • NBCOT: 3.75 PDU (Course includes assessment component.)

Note: Post-test must be passed with a score of 80% or more in order to receive certificate of completion.

Contact Hours: 3.00


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

For select physical agents used in edema management, including heat modalities, Kinesio Tape, high voltage pulsed current, compression pumps and laser therapy, upon completion of this course, the participant shall be able to:

  1. Discuss the physiological rationale.
  2. Identify indications and contraindications.
  3. Select appropriate parameters for effective care.
  4. Discuss current evidence for making clinical decisions.
  5. Utilize clinical decisions in applying the agent to specific cases.


The professors of this course have NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the physical agents units discussed in this presentation.


  • Dr. Sander is an Associate Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, where she has developed and teaches a course in clinical management of patients with lymphatic and integumentary dysfunction, in addition to traditional musculoskeletal and psychosocial courses. In more than 30 years of clinical practice, she has focused on patients with orthopedic or lymphatic dysfunction. Dr. Sander is a member of the editorial board for Rehabilitation Oncology, the official journal of the Oncology Section of the APTA, as well as a reviewer for Journal of Physical Therapy Education, the official journal of the Education Section of the APTA. She has taught continuing education courses in edema management nationally and internationally. Dr. Sander also receives compensation from EDUCATA as a professor of this course.
  • Dr. Yamada is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, where she teaches content related to oncology and therapeutic modalities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. As a clinician at USC Physical Therapy Associates, a faculty practice of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, she specializes in orthopaedic, neurologic, lymphedema, and oncology-related disorders. Dr. Yamada also receives compensation from EDUCATA as a professor of this course.
  • Dr. Campione is the Program Coordinator for Oncology Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago Medicine, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University, where she teaches the topics of lymphedema management and psychology. As a clinician, she specializes in oncology rehabilitation and lymphedema management. And Dr. Campione receives compensation from EDUCATA as a professor of this course.


  • Dr. Sander is a member of multiple associations related to physical therapy and the treatment of lymphedema, including the National Lymphedema Network and the Lymphology Association of North America, as well as a member of the Oncology Section of the APTA's task force on developing a regional lymphedema training course. Her training in lymphedema management has come from a variety of sources, and she is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist with LANA.
  • In the past, Dr. Yamada has been a guest presenter at the APTA’s annual Combined Sections Meeting and at the International Head and Neck Symposiums. She is also an APTA-credentialed clinical instructor for physical therapy student interns.
  • Dr. Campione is a member of multiple associations related to physical therapy and the treatment of lymphedema, including the Lymphology Association of North America and the Oncology Section of the APTA. She received her lymphedema certifications from the Norton School of Lymphatic Training and the Lymphology Association of North America.
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None required; strongly recommended, however: All four lectures in the course The Comprehensive Management of Edema, taught by Dr. Marisa Perdomo.
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