Edema Management Strategies for the Upper Extremity

Registration closed/course cancelled. Reschedule date coming soon…

Saturday, March 21, 2020
8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Coppola Physical Therapy
6 Tsienneto Road, Suite 201
Derry, NH 03038

Course Cost:



4 continuing education contact hours


Lisa Owen, OTR/L, CLT, CHT

Target Audience:

OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, CHTs

Right Hand Therapy is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education – Provider #11677.  AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This half day course is designed to help therapists practicing in any setting improve their skills and knowledge of edema management techniques for an upper extremity population. This course will provide the participant with exceptional hands-on learning of the lymphatic system including anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, evaluation, and emerging concepts in edema management techniques. Ample hands-on lab session time will include recommendations for positioning of an edematous upper extremity, instruction on how to create various inserts to minimize fibrosis, exploration of compression bandage/garment options, kinesiotaping techniques, scar mobilization techniques, and demonstration of proper manual edema mobilization. Understanding the impact of injury and soft tissue healing on the lymphatic system is vital to effective, skilled management. Participants will be able to integrate their knowledge, clinical evaluation skills, and effective edema management interventions into practice the very next day.

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the factors that contribute to edema in the hand and upper extremity.
  • Differentiate various evaluation techniques to measure edema in the upper extremity in order to monitor change.
  • Select effective, evidenced-based edema management techniques for the hand and upper extremity.
  • Demonstrate three basic lymphatic drainage massage techniques.

ADA and Special Requests:

Please contact Right Hand prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

Cancellation Policy

Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 6 participants and will return all payments. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 45 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $15.00 for administrative fees.)

8:00 – 8:15am

Anatomy and physiology of the pertinent lymphatic system

8:15 – 8:45am

Dynamic vs mechanical insufficiency and review of conditions that contribute to acute and chronic swelling of the hand

8:45 – 9:30am

Evidenced-based Evaluation & Treatment Techniques

9:30am – 12:00pm

Lab Breakout Sessions

  • How to select appropriate compression garments
  • Compression bandaging techniques for edema (hand/wrist/digits)
  • Elastic taping techniques for edema and scars
  • How to construct various chip bags and compressive inserts
  • Manual edema mobilization (MEM)