Lymphedema Courses

Written by Diane Sievert
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Several different lymphedema courses are required of those who enroll in a lymphedema certification program. Some of these courses cover basics, like general anatomy, while others address the specifics of different treatment methods. In any case, each and every one of these lymphedema courses is very important for anyone who plans on treating patients with this condition.

Common Types of Lymphedema Courses

The initial lymphedema courses will cover both general anatomy and then proceed to an in-depth study of the lymphatic system. In order to understand the condition, you must first understand the bodily functions that it is inhibiting. It's therefore logical that the first topic to be covered in lymphedema courses is the normal anatomy and functions of the lymphatic system.

Once you have mastered a thorough understanding of the lymphatic system, it's time to study lymphedema, the condition itself. In a nutshell, lymphedema is a condition in which protein rich edema fluid accumulates in a particular area of the body due to malfunctioning lymph nodes, and this eventually results in painful swelling. Lymphedema courses focusing on the condition should go into a good deal more detail and also cover the causes, symptoms and other results associated with lymphedema.

After extensive knowledge of the condition has been achieved, the next step is to learn about treatments. Lymphedema courses addressing treatment options should cover Manual Lymph Drainage, Complete Decongestive Therapy, bandaging techniques, and remedial exercises. These courses should also address self-treatment and lymphedema home management so that caregivers can advise their patients accordingly.

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