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Lymphedema Gold Standard Therapy: Risk Management and Adaptations

presented by Steve Norton

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In this course, Steve Norton expands on the fundamentals of lymphedema to address proper therapy standards, precautions and applications of complete decongestive therapy (CDT). He further addresses serious concerns to patients and practitioners including the risk factors for lymphedema and risk reduction, as well as the benefits to early intervention. In this course, the instructor will meet with Vera, a long-term lymphedema patient, to learn about her treatment, what made it successful, and what red flags were identified early on in the process. Upon completion of this course, the participant will understand how to successfully and knowledgeably manage care of the lymphedema patient.

Meet Your Instructor

Steve Norton, CLT-LANA

Steve was certified in 1993 in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy through Lerner Lymphedema Services, PC the first fully specialized lymphedema treatment facility in the United States. He became the Chief Therapist of the Lerner Lymphedema Services, P.C. clinics located in Princeton, NJ, Manhattan, NYC and New Brunswick, NJ from 1994-1999. Over this…

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1. Lymphedema Staging and Risk Stratification

This chapter emphasizes the therapeutic approaches that are utilized to reduce lymphedema. Participants will learn to appreciate the rationale for Complete Decongestive Therapy as opposed to singular approaches such as; pneumatic compression pumps, medications, elevation, compression garments or surgery. In addition, the benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage on an impaired lymphatic system and swollen body area will be discussed. Upon completion, participants will be able to gauge the contraindications to compression and Manual Lymph Drainage for persons seeking therapy.

2. Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and Other Therapies

Many red flags are associated with CDT as an intervention. This chapter will discuss the clinical reasoning of these red flags as well as the importance of a referral to a lymphedema specialist. The participant will also learn the limitations of an untrained therapist and the risks of using common modalities with a lymphedema patient. Other critical interventions for lymphedema will also be covered.

3. Applications of CDT for Various Clinical Presentations

The gold standard therapy includes early identification and intervention. In this chapter, the participant will learn how to promote early interventions as well as the many ways an at-risk patient can reduce their chances of developing lymphedema.

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