This 5-hour 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.
Upon completion of this 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, inluding 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 lymphedemea.
Course Materials and Access:
This course includes four weeks of access to the online lessons plus a course manual with PowerPoint presentation handouts. Once Klose Training receives your completed registration and payment for the course, a confirmation letter (including username and password) and course manual will be mailed to you within five business days.
Time Requirements to Complete this Online Course:
Five clock-hours of instruction are provided in video and slide format. You may progress through this course at your own pace and review all materials as many times as needed within your four-week online access time.
Heidi Miranda-Walsh, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA, is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland with more than twenty years of experience as an occupational therapist. She acquired her hand therapy specialty certification in 1991 and was certified as a lymphedema therapist in 1997. Heidi is one of the country's leading experts in the treatment of patients with head and neck lymphedema... (read more here)
This course is offered to all: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, ATC, RN, NP, LPN, MT, and MD. Persons attending this Head and Neck Lymphedema Management Online Course must be graduates of a lymphedema training program of at least 100 continuous hours. Unless you are a graduate of Klose Training, a copy of the Certificate of Completion of your initial lymphedema training course/program must be included with the registration form.
The following student agreement must be signed and submitted before the commencement of class.
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.
Certificate of Completion/Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
This course offers 6.75 hours of online continuing education (5 hours of video and slide presentations and 1.75 hours for the content review and completion of the quiz) for physical, occupational, and massage therapists. 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. Online course hours are approved for Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) re-certification.
For more information about KTC's CEU approvals, click here.
For additional information or to register by phone, please call 303-245-0333.
Please note that this is a new Klose Training Online Course. The following testimonials were collected in previous in-person classes.
“Very genuine…very applicable. Gifted instructor – great manual"
"Heidi, by far, has the best handouts for MLD demonstration – thank you (clear, concise, simple)"
"Heidi is a great speaker. She presented and interacted well. Her real world experience is a tremendous plus!" (PT)
"A great experience. I learned so much in even the first half of the day! Great ideas about compression were communicated." (OT)
"Heidi’s expertise and patience was apparent throughout the class. I also enjoyed having a live patient in the class.”
“Great enlarged colored pictures--really appreciated it. Good organization and layout of handouts.”
“Very organized and well put together.”
“Excellent presentation. I was given many excellent treatment techniques to bring back and use with my patients. Lectures/techniques are very practical.”
“Heidi was clear and a good instructor. Very enjoyable.”
“This course was very informative and will be helpful to use the information immediately with my patients.”
“Excellent course! Excellent instructors!”
“It is an essential course if your clinic is treating patients with head & neck lymphedema.”
“Great visuals and use of video.”
“Excellent manual techniques by Heidi during MLD!”
“Thank you, excellent course!”