Women with lipedema currently have few options other than liposuction for relief from painful and heavy subcutaneous adipose tissue.
High-frequency ultrasound is a promising conservative treatment studied by Karen Ashforth, MS, OTR, CLT-LANA, in a pilot program. Participants had statistically significant improvements in many areas: not only did pain levels decrease, but thigh circumference also decreased, even with women who had previous liposuction. Additionally, ultrasound readings of the treated areas showed changes in the quality of the subcutaneous adipose tissues after treatment.
The full title of this presentation is “Ultrasonic Cavitation and Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment as Conservative Treatment for Lipedema Subcutaneous Tissue;” Karen presented this research at the inaugural 2023 Lipedema World Congress in Potsdam, Germany, and the lipedema world is abuzz with these new findings.
Be one of the first to learn about this exciting new technique as Karen shares this information with the public for the first time.
About our Speaker
Karen Ashforth, MS, OTR, CLT-LANA, has practiced as an occupational therapist for over 40 years. Specializing as a board-certified hand therapist led to her interest and specialization in treating lymphedema and fibrosis 20 years ago.
Karen’s passions in lymphedema practice are equipment innovation and development, treatment of underlying fibrosis and inflammation, and assessment of complex and difficult cases. She is considered an expert in the clinical use of pneumatic compression and has participated in the development of numerous devices and appliances. She has outpatient lymphedema practices at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, California, and Dominican Rehabilitation in Santa Cruz, California, as well as a private telehealth and consulting practice.
Karen speaks frequently in academic, clinical, and professional settings and performs clinical research that she presents and publishes nationally and internationally. She is also an adjunct faculty member with the University of the Pacific in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program.
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