Differential Diagnosis & Treatment ​of Lower Extremity Edemas

This 3 hour online course is designed for health professionals who treat patients with wounds or leg edema. Its purpose is to help the clinician identify various causes of edema, such as chronic venous insufficiency, phlebolymphedema, lymphedema, malignant lymphedema, lipedema, lipolymphedema, dependent edema, congestive heart failure, renal disease and deep vein thrombosis, so that an appropriate treatment plan can be developed and customized to patients’ unique medical needs. This course is completed at your own pace and includes useful clinical tools.

Objectives

1. Review basic anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems.

2. Understand the importance of the ankle brachial index and its relevance to compression therapy.

3. Differentiate between characteristics of chronic venous insufficiency, phlebolymphedema, lymphedema, malignant lymphedema, lipedema, lipolymphedema, dependent edema, and edema due to congestive heart failure, renal disease and deep vein thrombosis.

4. Identify the main components of complete decongestive physiotherapy.

5. Identify types of compression garments used for long-term management of chronic edema.

Course Outline / Schedule

Educational Level

Intermediate education.

Who Should Attend?

Health professionals interested in edema management.

Pre-requisites

none

This course is sponsored by SIGVARIS, Inc., manufacturer of compression therapy garments. Compression therapy products manufactured by SIGVARIS are used in this course’s labs. The course was developed by Robyn Bjork MPT, CWS, CLT-LANA, CLWT, and accredited through the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI).

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