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Continuing Education for Rehabilitation Professionals

Part IV: Treatment of Edema: Manual Lymph Drainage Mobilizations and Treatment of Lymphatic Pathways

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Part IV: Treatment of Edema: Manual Lymph Drainage Mobilizations and Treatment of Lymphatic Pathways     $89.85

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


Part IV continues Dr. Perdomo's discussion of an evidence-based approach for the treatment of edema with an emphasis on manual lymphatic drainage mobilizations, skin hygiene, therapeutic exercise, joint mobilizations and a self-management home program. Understanding the normal lymph drainage pathways is emphasized in order to assist the participant in developing treatment pathways for patients with both healthy and compromised lymphatic systems. Several patient cases are presented to summarize the key concepts for evaluation, differential diagnosis and treatment of peripheral 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 0.30 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: 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: Advanced

Goals & Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss the physiological principles and rationale for the following components of a comprehensive treatment program for individuals with peripheral edema, including lymphedema:
    1. Utilizing exercise and manual lymphatic drainage mobilizations.
    2. Educating patients about proper skin hygiene.
    3. Implementing an independent home program.
  2. Outline the normal lymphatic drainage pathways and discuss the steps involved in performing manual lymphatic drainage techniques for the:
    1. Upper extremities
    2. Lower extremities
    3. Trunk
    4. Head and neck regions
  3. Identify the indications and contraindications for the utilization of exercise and manual lymphatic drainage mobilizations for individuals with peripheral edema.
  4. Teach patients a personalized long-term home program for the management of peripheral edema and lymphedema.
  5. Based on current evidence, determine a comprehensive intervention program for a variety of patient cases involving those with various etiologies of peripheral edema.


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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