Networking & Educational Seminar
for Lymphedema Therapists
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC
March 4-6, 2016

*** NOTE: There was an OPTIONAL pre-seminar WORKSHOP on Friday, March 4, from 2:30-5:30 pm (3 contact hours) with Karen Ashforth, MS, OTR, CHT, CLT-LANA. The topic was "Fibrosis Treatment: Reduce Pain & Lymphedema, Improve Function."

Friday, March 4 - Sunday noon, March 6, 2016

2:30-5:30 p.m.: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshop (3 contact hours)
5:30 - 8:00 p.m: Hors D'oeuvres & Wine Reception/ Exhibits/ Demos/ Registration

SATURDAY: (7 contact hours)
8:00 a.m. through 6:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: (3 contact hours)
8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

Carolinas Medical Center
1000 Blythe Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203

Karen Ashforth*, MS, OTR, CHT, CLT-LANA: "Fibrosis Treatment: Reduce Pain & Lymphedema, Improve Function" * and "Lymphedema Documentation Secrets"
Andrea Brennan, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, WCC: "Elastic Taping for Lymphedema"
Lesli Bell, DPT, CLT-LANA: "Treating Breast & Truncal Lymphedema"
Brad Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, CLT: "Managing Head & Neck Lymphedema"
Shoosh Lettick Crotzer, MS: "Yoga for Lymphedema"
Leslyn Keith, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA: "Lymphedema & Obesity: Breaking the Cycle"

CONTACT HOURS: 10 (or 13 with Optional Friday Workshop)
Lymphedema Seminars is an Approved Provider #8208 for Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). We have also received approval for PTs in North Carolina #16-005.

Participants learned to:

  • Identify five different types of soft tissue fibrosis
  • Identify three differentiating factors between radiation fibrosis and lymphostatic fibrosis
  • Name two functional impairments commonly associated with fibrosis
  • Name three different type of manual therapy techniques to treatment fibrosis
  • Discuss the rationales/guidelines for H&N compression
  • Identify appropriate vs inappropriate compression strategies
  • List resources for obtaining compression materials/supplies
  • Demonstrate basic compression strategies for H&N lymphedema
  • Explain basic MLD strategies and variations
  • Demonstrate potential future treatment options
  • Discuss the rationales/guidelines for H&N compression
  • Recognize breast lymphedema and trunk/chest wall congestion
  • Understand scar tissue/radiation fibrosis management with manual and taping techniques
  • Learn self-care options for patients
  • Understand how adapted yoga can be beneficial for quality of life for those with lymphedema
  • Identify the specific yoga poses that are beneficial for improving lymphatic flow
  • Apply the adapted yoga poses into a specific sequence
  • Brainstorm and discuss methods and alternatives for various aspects of lymphedema treatment in a round table discussion
  • Develop resources and networking connections with other lymphedema therapists
  • Develop problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills for advanced level lymphedema treatment through interactive discussion with other lymphedema therapists
  • Identify the links between obesity and lymphedema
  • Understand the mechanisms that result in adipose proliferation in the presence of lymph
  • Recognize the benefits and superiority of a ketogenic diet for weight loss and health
  • Recognize the urgency of addressing weight management in a comprehensive lymphedema program
  • DIscuss an evidence-based program and results of a research study
  • Identify four different action words to describe skilled care
  • Name the components of conservative treatment
  • Name three qualifying diagnoses for Medicare coverage for pneumatic compression