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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

A Case Study

Lecture Name

A Case Study     $59.90

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


Peripheral edema is a common impairment after surgery, injury, and, in particular, total joint replacement surgery. Peripheral edema causes pain and tightness, as well as loss of joint motion; it inhibits muscle recruitment, and therefore impedes muscle strengthening and function. Additionally, the presence of peripheral edema slows the healing process and may result in an increased number of physical and occupational therapy visits. In other words, the prolonged presence of peripheral edema negatively impacts an individual's ability to return to full pain-free activities.

The causes of peripheral edema can be very straight forward, such as in post-surgical edema. However, peripheral edema can also be caused by many systemic conditions. This blog-based course uses a case study of an actual patient to explore the variety of causes of orthopedic edema.

This course is co-sponsored by 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.

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: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand the potential complexity in determining treatment interventions for peripheral edema.
  2. Discuss how the combined interventions of manual lymphatic drainage, exercise, and home program can significantly reduce post-operative peripheral edema in a short amount of time.


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 Oncology Section of the APTA 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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