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Lymphedema Assessment, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment - PT66

Lymphedema Assessment, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment

by Stewart Ross, PT, DPT, OCS, LMT, CLT-LANA
(4.6 / 191 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive condition resulting from an abnormality of or damage to the lymphatic system. Due to the progressive and incurable nature of lymphedema, it is of the utmost importance to diagnose and manage this condition as soon as possible, so that the best possible outcomes can be realized. There are multiple classifications in the literature used to describe lymphedema. The ability to differentially diagnose and understand the various treatment options available is critically important in obtaining optimal patient outcomes.


The goal of this continuing education program is to help physical therapists effectively and efficiently assess, educate, and manage patients with lymphedema and to properly screen and differentiate diagnosing patients with lymphedema or other similar conditions, thereby facilitating the decision-making process. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to: 
  • Define and classify the different types and stages of lymphedema
  • Describe the different treatment options that are available for patients with lymphedema
  • Understand the importance of screening and differentially diagnosing patients who may have lymphedema

Approval Information
This course is designed for physical therapists.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
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 physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 15S0972 for 04/10/15 to 04/10/16; 16S1771 for 04/11/16 to 04/11/17; 17S0889 for 4/12/17 to 4/12/18; 18S0798 for 4/13/18 to 4/13/19)
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE15-25260 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27199 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539618 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539618 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 6106 for 03/13/15 to 03/12/16; 2016-39 for 03/13/16 to 03/12/17; 2017-095 for 03/13/17 to 03/12/18; 2018-050 for 03/13/18 to 03/12/19)
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE008197 from 05/02/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010213 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18)
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 2016-1393 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18)
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 04/06/15 to 04/06/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 04/21/15 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 3/3/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/24/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/24/2021


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.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Linda H - New Hartford, NY  ·  Nov 03, 2018
Provided good information for practitioners who are not knowledgeable on the topic of lymphedema
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ERIC S - Fletcher, NC  ·  Sep 18, 2018
very well written with relavent info and concise.
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TRACY D - Oxford, MS  ·  Sep 17, 2018
great information given in this course
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Marietta A - Lansdale, PA  ·  Aug 26, 2018
It is very informative and will help in clinical setting.
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Amanda P - Amesbury, MA  ·  Aug 21, 2018
I would recommend it!
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50