This newly updated (May, 2020) online course addresses the clinical management of patients with lymphedema of the head and neck following surgery and/or radiation therapy for cancer. The content includes a lecture on the sequelae related to cancer treatment followed by a thorough discussion of the role of appropriate therapeutic post-operative and post-radiation intervention. Compression therapy applications as well as techniques of manual lymph drainage (MLD) for patients with lymphedema of the head and neck are demonstrated in great detail. Additional rehabilitation considerations, including therapy for trismus and shoulder dysfunction, are also covered.
What’s new in the updated version? New patient videos! Good, practical, hands-on skills and solutions. All-around updated dynamic video presentation.
Educational Level: Advanced
Instructional Method: Online/Distance Learning
AOTA Classifications: OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention, and Outcomes
Identify surgical and radiation therapy effects that lead to secondary lymphedema of the head and neck.
Recognize the unique treatment challenges associated with patients with lymphedema of the head and neck.
Identify the procedures for assessing the need for compression therapy in patients with lymphedema of the head and neck and choosing the appropriate compression application.
Identify specialized MLD techniques for patients with lymphedema of the head and neck, including intra-oral therapy.
Recognize the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in the diagnosis and management of patients with head and neck cancers and subsequent lymphedema.
Heidi balances her therapy practice between two specialties developing hand therapy and lymphedema therapy programs. She has developed a special expertise in treating head and neck oncology patients and has lectured extensively on the subject of Lymphedema of the Head & Neck at conferences for patients, therapists and doctors across the U.S.
Heidi serves as an instructor with Klose Training & Consulting sharing her special interest, skills and experience in working with patients with lymphedema of the head and neck.
Note: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.
To receive a Certificate of Completion, the student must be a licensed health care professional and watch all video portions of the course, pass an online quiz with a score of 75% or better, and return the required documents specified in the course. The Certificate will then be emailed to the student.