5 Contact Hours

This course describes acute, subacute, and chronic edema. It reviews vascular and lymphatic anatomy and biology, and it describes appropriate interventions for edema, including the technique of manual edema mobilization (MEM). Special emphasis is placed on the clinical reasoning involved in selecting the appropriate treatment. This intermediate level course is appropriate for occupational and physical therapists as well as assistants.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Contact Hours: 5

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical reasoning and treatment guidelines for common diagnoses of the upper extremity (2007)" Edited by Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L, CHT - Copyright 2009 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Describe acute, sub-acute, and chronic edema.
  2. Identify reduction techniques for acute, sub-acute, and chronic edema.
  3. Identify four "other" types of edema and appropriate treatment.
  4. Identify indications, contraindications, and principles for administering manual edema mobilization(MEM).

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Managing Edema

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3. Coursework - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Managing Edema

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4. Course Final and Survey - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Managing Edema

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion