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Continuing Education for Rehabilitation Professionals

Part III: Treatment of Edema: Compression Therapies

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Part III: Treatment of Edema: Compression Therapies     $59.90

This lecture is part of the following course:
The Comprehensive Management of Edema


Utilizing the ICF model as the foundation for developing a plan of care, a comprehensive treatment approach for peripheral edema is presented. The management of peripheral edema utilizes an evidence-based approach, which includes the physiological rationale and contraindications for utilization of compression therapy, including compression bandages, compression garments and compression pumps. The advantages and disadvantages for choosing each intervention are presented, based on the etiology of the edema.

This course was developed in collaboration with the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy.

The Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy

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 0.20 CEUs, Advanced Level:

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

    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: 2.50 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: 2.00


Difficulty: Advanced

Goals & Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant shall be able to:

  1. Develop a comprehensive rehabilitation therapy plan of care for peripheral edema based on the ICF model.
    1. Incorporates environmental and personal factors.
    2. Consider the scope of physical and occupational therapy interventions, in combination with the patient’s co-morbidities and psycho-social situation.
    3. Determine which interventions are appropriate for each patient.
  2. Identify through visual inspection the common integumentary changes commonly seen in limbs with peripheral edema and identify the characteristics commonly associated with venous edema, lymphedema, organ-related edema and orthopedic-related edema.
  3. For individuals with peripheral edema, discuss the physiological principles and rationales for utilization of the following compression therapies:
    1. Short stretch compression bandages
    2. Compression braces
    3. Compression pumps
    4. Compression garments
  4. Identify the contraindications for the use of compression therapies for an individual with peripheral edema.
  5. Determine which treatment modalities are appropriate for peripheral edema, depending on the etiology of the edema.
  6. Discuss the similarities and differences in interventions for the various classifications of peripheral edema.
  7. Understand the principles of compression garments and discuss the appropriate compression class to control the peripheral edema.
  8. Understand the difference between the interventions used to reduce lymphedema and those used to maintain the reduction.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Dr. Perdomo is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. She developed the outpatient oncology rehabilitation at USC’s faculty practice, and founded the Oncology Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Program at Olympic PT in Seattle, WA, as well as the Oncology Clinical Rotation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Perdomo receives compensation from EDUCATA as the professor of this course.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Perdomo is an active member of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy and has worked to get oncology specialization recognized by the ABPTS. She has also been a district representative for the California chapter of the APTA.

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