12/14/21: Treating Edema in the Upper Extremity

Time:  December 14, 2021, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Central Standard Time.

Note: If you are unable to attend the live event, you will be automatically enrolled in the on-demand version.  

Description: This webinar discusses basic concepts of the lymphatic system’s physiology as it relates to upper extremity edema in various populations. Participants will learn to assess edema and distinguish it from lymphedema, as well as to provide appropriate interventions to reduce volume, maximize function, and protect skin integrity for clients with upper extremity swelling. 

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Recall primary causes of edema in the upper extremity.
  • Identify difference between edema and lymphedema.
  • Determine proper interventions for edema management based on client-specific factors.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of selected interventions.

Instructor: Allison Roberts, OTL, CLT

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants

Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapy 

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours.  Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02587. This distance learning – independent and interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


Allison Roberts, OTL, CLT
Financial: Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; receives a salary from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-financial: Member of AOTA

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox & Google Chrome
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of a live webinar, please provide written notice by email or by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Online Learning


Edema Neurologic Upper Extremity