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Continuing Education For Physical Therapists

Written by Amy Hall
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The Importance of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists

The continuing education for physical therapists in the treatment of lymphedema is so important to the well-being of the patient and his or her progression through therapy. Lymphedema is such a debilitating condition that literally robs the patient of the quality of life that they deserve. No one wants to become incapable of taking care of himself or herself, but it happens all the time when lymphedema takes control.

While lymphedema itself is not curable, it is certainly manageable. In fact, with the right kind of regular treatment, patients can pretty much live normal lives. However, it is imperative that patients realize the need for consistency in treatment, and that they follow their therapists advice in order to achieve the desired results.

Many physical therapists become certified in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy in order to better serve their clients. This treatment involves massaging the areas of the body that contain lymph nodes. By doing so, lymph is able to flow freely throughout the body instead of becoming stagnant in one area, which causes pain and swelling.

Getting Pain Relief through Physical Therapy

Many professionals in the field of PT understand the importance of continuing education for physical therapists as a means to an end. The goal of physical therapy for lymphedema is to restore the patient's affected limb back to normal size and increase mobility. Physical therapists know that by learning the latest treatments, they can help their patients live better lives without the pain and suffering that lymphedema often brings.


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