With the ever-increasing rate of breast cancer survivors, rehab professionals need to add the tools and education for managing these patients. This weekend intensive paired with the introductory online course work, will serve to educate the outpatient provider on the most current evidence based approaches to post-op management. Participants will be exposed to review of surgical options, manual therapy, exercise prescription, early intervention for lymphedema and life-long management patient education. Come learn more about management of this rapidly increasing population and how you as the therapist can contribute to saving lives!
This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining 8 hours of online lecture and 2-days of on-site hands on training to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of the intensive 2-day on-site. Manual therapy skills education will include: post-operative rehabilitation, edema managements, scar management, instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization, and taping.
Target Audience: Intermediate level course is open to licensed physical and occupational therapists, as well as PTAs.
Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 onsite)
EIM Program Applicability: None
Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes). Participants will participate in initial manual lymphatic drainage techniques and manual therapy to the anterior thorax and breast region. Please contact the instructor with any special concerns.
Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:
- Perform a comprehensive evaluation including thorough subjective and musculoskeletal assessment as it applies to the breast cancer survivor and post-operative conditions.
- Assess risk factors and educate patients regarding development of lymphedema.
- Assess current functional levels to prescribe appropriate exercises and progression.
- Develop an appropriate decision making through process for the application and utilization of manual therapy techniques.