Edema has numerous causes and can negatively affect mobility, quality of life, and activities of daily living. Rehabilitation professionals often recognize edema as a possible barrier to functional progress; however, optimal management of all types of edema are not well understood. In this symposium, we will review the basic pathophysiology of edema and will follow with case presentations showing how medications, complete decongestive therapy, and physical therapy are used for lymphedema versus generalized peripheral venous edema at a large cancer specialty hospital. We will also discuss interventions that various clinicians can provide to effectively manage peripheral edema.
Understand the basic pharmacology of commonly used diuretics.
Discuss the difference between lymphedema and generalized venous edema and identify interventions that various clinicians can provide for peripheral edema management.
Summarize treatment options and outcome measurements to manage edema more effectively.