Head & Neck Lymphedema Management

Course Description

This 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.

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By engaging with the course, you will:

  • Be able to identify surgical and radiation therapy effects that lead to secondary lymphedema of the head and neck.
  • Understand the unique treatment challenges associated with patients with lymphedema of the head and neck.
  • Be able to assess the need for compression therapy in patients with lymphedema of the head and neck and choose the appropriate compression application from a variety of recommendations.
  • Be familiar with specialized MLD techniques for patients with lymphedema of the head and neck, including intra-oral therapy.
  • Appreciate the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in the diagnosis and management of patients with head and neck cancers and subsequent lymphedema.

Lecture handouts are EMAILED upon registration and payment. You will have 3 MONTHS of access to the online course, starting when you receive your username and password by email. Once Klose Training receives your completed registration and payment for the course, you will be EMAILED with instructions within three business days. You must respond to the email in order to receive the lecture handouts (by email) and your username and password.

Heidi Miranda-Walsh, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA, is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland with more than 20 years experience as an occupational therapist. She acquired her hand-therapy specialty certification in 1991 and was trained as a lymphedema therapist at the former Lerner Lymphedema Services Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 1997.

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.

This course is an advanced level class. Students should be Certified Lymphedema Therapists or have other specialized training in lymphedema or the anatomy and physiology of the head & neck. Students can be physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, medical doctors, physician assistants, speech therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, or massage therapists with sufficient prior training.

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.

The total tuition for the course is $190. Please click on the link to print the or to register online.

The following student agreement must be signed and submitted before the commencement of class. KTC Online Courses Student Agreement

After you finish the online content, you are encouraged to complete the online quiz. Completion of the quiz is mandatory if you wish to receive online continuing education hours/credit. You must answer 80% or more of the questions correctly to pass the quiz.

After successfully passing the quiz and returning the signed Learner Agreement to Klose Training, you will be mailed a Certificate of Completion verifying your online course hours. The Head and Neck Lymphedema Management online course offers 6.75 contact hours of online continuing education for physical, occupational, and massage therapists. Online course hours are approved for Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) re-certification.

For more information about KTC’s CEU approvals, click here.

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