Lipedema: From Early Identification to Treatment for the CLT

About this course:

In this course, participants will gain a clear understanding of lipedema as a specific and individualized condition that is highly treatable by the skilled therapist. The processes of identification and evaluation, differential diagnosis, type and stage assessment, specialized testing, and surgical and non surgical interventions are explored. Therapists trained in compression bandaging techniques and compression garment fitting will learn and practice various techniques and considerations while treating the lipedema limb. We will explore why traditional interventions have failed for the treatment of lipedema, and how those failed treatments contribute to the progression of this condition. The impact of this connective tissue disorder on an individual’s psychosocial wellbeing is explored, as well as supporting community resources to address these concerns. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify and determine/ administer appropriate treatment to the client with lipedema.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will be able to identify and list the types and stages of lipedema.

2. Students will identify differential diagnosis between conditions of lipedema and other similar conditions.

3. Students will list comorbid conditions of lipedema and how they impact treatment outcomes.

4. Students will identify and differentiate between the anatomical structures of the lymphatic system and how they impact the formation and treatment of lipedema.

5. Students will list contraindications of compression bandaging and compression garment use.

6. Students will list indications for surgical and non-surgical interventions for lipedema management.

7. Students will verbalize misconceptions about treatment of lipedema and how they relate to poor outcomes.

8. Students will identify acceptable evaluation, assessment, and specialized testing tools for initial identification and appropriate treatment of lipedema.

16 CEUs, $359 (includes bandaging materials)

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