April 22-23, 2023
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Groups of 4-6 from the same facility = 5% discount
Groups of 7+ from the same facility = 10% discount
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Following injury, orthopedic surgery, or trauma, patients often develop long-standing edema. The consequences of this complication include: persistent pain, delayed wound healing, and the development of fibrotic tissue that can block motion and impact overall return to function for the patient. Therapists often struggle with sub-acute edema management, despite their best efforts with interventions such as rest, ice, compression and elevation. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in fluid homeostasis, yet this role has been greatly overlooked. Persistent edema is often the result of an overloaded lymphatic system.
Knowing how to activate the lymphatic system to quickly reduce swelling can make all the difference to patients for pain reduction, increasing ROM, and return to function.
The purpose of this course is to teach the therapist the lymphatic decongestion method of Manual Edema Mobilization (MEM). MEM is a specific treatment method with evidence-based rationale designed to reduce sub-acute and chronic edema. Lecture and hands-on labs will be used to learn the tenets and five key components of MEM. Problem-solving through case study presentations will help prepare participants to use MEM for managing sub-acute and chronic edema, as seen in their specific patient populations as soon as they return to practice on Monday.
This method is not applicable for primary lymphedema or post cancer (secondary) lymphedema treatment.
This two-day course covers upper extremity and lower extremity, including specific hand, finger, foot and toe management, and bandaging compression instruction.
The MEM method is a comprehensive treatment approach that applies the principles of lymphatic anatomy and physiology to rehabilitation care across the lifespan: from preterm infants to end of life care, and across abilities: from high-level athletes to those with movement impairments. It is also among the few courses that is applicable to a variety of providers OT, OTA, PT, PTA and Athletic Trainers. This course brings training that should be standard of care to all rehab professionals who treat patients who experience swelling. MEM Associates is working to create a paradigm shift in swelling management.
Upon completion of this course the participant will:
Sandra Heald Sublett, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT , has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings in 3 states since 1986 and is the owner of a specialty private practice PT and OT clinic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She received her BS in PT from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and transitional DPT from St. Ambrose University (Iowa) in 2008. She is a Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (2010,2020) and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (2005). Additionally, Dr. Sublett has passed competencies in vestibular rehabilitation, and held NDT certification. Past teaching experience includes an adjunct faculty position at Clarke University (Dubuque, IA), teaching continuing education courses through the Iowa Physical Therapy Association, serving as a consultant for total contact casting at a wound care center, and community lecturer on multiple topics related to PT. She is a member of the APTA, Association of Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons (allied health member), and VEDA (Vestibular Disorders Association). Sandy's special interests range from lower extremity biomechanics to balance and vestibular rehabilitation, but intertwined with these and everything between is a strong reliance on edema management to optimize outcomes. As an endorsed instructor of Manual Edema Mobilization, she has presented the full MEM course and topics related to edema management to professionals across the United States. Dr. Sublett looks forward to sharing treatment techniques that will change how clinicians view their abilities to enhance healing and recovery as well as maximize outcomes by reducing swelling. She is passionate about creating a paradigm shift in swelling management!
07:30 a.m. Course Registration/Sign-in & Continental Breakfast
08:00 a.m. Introductions & pre-test of knowledge
08:20 a.m. Tissue response to trauma
09:40 a.m. Anatomy & physiology of the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems
10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:30 a.m. Types of edema & differential diagnosis
11:00 a.m. 5 Key Components of Manual Edema Mobilization (MEM)
1. Diaphragmatic breathing (+ practice)
2. Light manual lymphatic system stimulation (+ practice)
3. Exercise incorporation
5. Self-management home program design
12:30 p.m. LUNCH
01:30 p.m. Contraindications & precautions for MEM application
02:00 p.m. LAB: MEM method for the upper extremity
03:15 p.m. BREAK
03:30 .m. LAB: MEM for the upper extremity (cont.)
05:00 p.m. ADJOURN
07:30 a.m. Sign-in & Continental Breakfast
08:00 a.m. Review of MEM tenets & 5 Key Components
08:45 a.m. Assessment & documentation
09:15 a.m. Lab: MEM for the lower extremity
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. LAB: MEM for the lower extremity (cont.)
Manual techniques for LE: clear & flow (including foot & toes)
12:30 p.m. LUNCH
01:30 p.m. Practical Application
(Break as needed)
03:30 p.m. Participant specific case review & analysis: UE & LE
04:30 p.m. Final Q & A session, post-test of knowledge
05:00 p.m. Adjourn
Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center
1st Floor Conference Room A
1102 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030
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THE WESTIN HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER
1709 Dryden Road
Houston, TX 77030
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15 contact hours or CCU's. Texas Children's Hospital is a preferred provider for the Texas Physical Therapy Association, APS #2604051TX.