• 2019 Pelvic PT Level 2 Management of Pelvic Pain and Defacatory Disorders: A Case-based Approach

    • Date(s): August 03, 2019  –  August 04, 2019
    • Times: Saturday 8:00AM - 6:00PM ; Sunday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
    • *Registration and breakfast are 30 minutes before advertised start time.
    • Location:

      Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
      Assembly Room 1 & 2
      3599 University Blvd South
      Jacksonville, FL  32216 

    Brooks Pelvic Physical Therapy Certificate of Achievement:
    This course is the second of three courses, Pelvic PT1, Pelvic PT2, and Pelvic PT3, designed to give the practicing clinician a comprehensive knowledge base in pelvic physical therapy evaluation and treatment. Successful completion of testing will result in a Certificate of Completion of Pelvic PT2. Successful completion of Pelvic PT1, Pelvic PT2, and Pelvic PT3 will result in a Brooks Pelvic Physical Therapy Certificate of Achievement.

    Attendees must send in a copy of a Certificate of Completion from an approved Level I Pelvic Physical Therapy course of at least 1.6 CEUs. Additionally, all participants must complete the required home study prior to attending this course. The home study, consisting of pre-readings and a pre-test, will become available to participants approximately 1 month prior to the course date. Once posted, instructions on how to access this information will be emailed to all registered participants. The home study component of this course is approximately 4 hours, so please plan accordingly. 

    Course Description: 
    This course is the second in a series of three courses designed to give the practicing clinician a comprehensive knowledge base in pelvic physical therapy treatment. Course content is evidence based, and will promote the use of the most reliable tests and validated outcomes measures. This 2-day case-based course 
    will advance the skill and knowledge of physical therapists trained in the examination and treatment of pelvic pain and defecatory disorders. Required home study prior to attending the course will prepare the participant for an intensive live interactive instructional experience. Instruction in pelvic floor muscle function, anatomy, physiology and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction will provide the clinician with skills for immediate clinical application and build the base for future courses. Instruction in vaginal and rectal examination/intervention of the pelvic floor is a key component of this course along with the abdominal region. Participants will perform and experience intra-vagainal and rectal exams and interventions appropriate for pelvic pain and defacatory disorders, EMG biofeedback, and electrical stimulation.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Apply knowledge of normal anatomy and function of the abdomen and pelvic floor to an examination scheme for pelvic pain and defecatory disorders.
    • Apply knowledge of the physiology of defecation and the pathophysiology of defecatory disorders to an examination scheme.
    • Apply knowledge of the pathophysiology of pelvic pain to an examination and intervention scheme.
    • Diagnose impairments of the pelvic floor and surrounding structures and their impact on intervention and function
    • Perform an external and internal examination and evaluation of the structures impacted by an underactive pelvic floor (rectal) and over-active pelvic floor (vaginal and rectal) (note: PTA’s will not be expected to examine and evaluate internally)
    • Determine when referral to another health care provider is warranted based on the history and physical examination of a patient with pelvic pain and defecatory disorders.
    • Develop differential diagnoses and prognosis for recovery of neuro-musculoskeletal impairments and functional losses associated with pelvic pain and defecatory disorders
    • Physical Therapists will differentiate between different potential mechanisms of pelvic pain
    • Collaborate with clients to determine rehabilitation and health and wellness goals related to their dysfunction.
    • Collaborate with clients to determine an evidenced-based plan of care, taking into consideration the client’s goals and the PT’s examination findings
    • Consider how medical management of  pelvic pain and defectory disorders may impact rehabilitation interventions Implement interventions such as PFM down-training and coordination, bowel training, sEMG and pressure biofeedback, electrical stimulation and manual therapy for rehabilitation of pelvic floor and abdominal muscle/soft tissue impairments
    • Utilize best risk management and infection control strategies in management of pelvic floor dysfunction
    • Identify validated dysfunction-specific outcome measures for each of the dysfunctions covered in the course, where available
    • Identify more global and general rehabilitation/prevention outcome measures for the dysfunctions covered when specific outcome measures are lacking
    • Implement best documentation practices related to management of pelvic floor dysfunction

    Stephanie Bush, PT, DPT, WCS, MEd

    Intended Audience:

    This course in intended for Physical Therapists ONLY  


    This course is approved for a total of 22 hours (2.2 CEUs) by the Florida Physical Therapy Association:

    • 18 hours live, on-site
    • 4 hours online home study

    Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details. If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email info@BrooksIHL.org and we will be happy to help clarify!

    Testing, Attendance and Participation:

    • Course Tests: All participants must take the Pre Course online test, and the Post course online test. Physical Therapist participants must also pass psychomotor skills testing. Participants who pass all of the testing and attend the entire course will receive a Certificate of Completion. Participants who do not pass testing but attend the entire course will be granted a Certificate of Attendance.
    • Pre-course Online Testing: Participants are expected to complete the required home study and online testing no later than 24 hours prior to the course. All home study materials and the pre course online test will be available to participants upon registration. All participants will be tested on the home study.
    • Psychomotor Skills Testing: Physical Therapists participants are expected to participate in all psychomotor skills testing during the course. Participant who do not pass the pre course test, psychomotor skills test, and the post course test but attend the entire course will be granted a Certificate of Attendance. Participants who pass all of the testing and attend the entire course will receive a Certificate of Completion. Physical Therapist Assistant participants may not participate in psychomotor skills testing except as a simulated patient for a physical therapist participant who is testing.
    • Post course Online Testing: Participants are expected to complete the required post course online testing no later than 2 weeks after the end of the live course. The test will be available to all participants via Brooks University.
    • Lab Participation: Participants must be prepared to fully engage in the interactive labs in this course including vaginal examination and treatment techniques. Participants must come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Participants, who cannot, for any reason, participate as simulated patients in lab must provide their own surrogates. Male participants must provide a surrogate for vaginal examination and treatment. Please contact Brooks to inquire about hiring a simulated patient to act as a surrogate. Pregnant participants must bring a signed permission note from her physician to participate. This course DOES include internal intra-vaginal and intra-rectal pelvic floor lab work.
    • Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course in order to receive the most benefit from the course, and to earn all of the CEUs for the course. Anyone needing to miss more than one hour will have the number of CEUs altered on his or her Certificate, and may be required to purchase additional instruction and complete course work in order to obtain a Certificate of Completion (at the instructor’s discretion).
    • How to Enroll: Simply select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and click the "Order Now" button to pay by credit card. After payment, you will receive an email confirmation of enrollment. Having trouble seeing the prices below? Click HERE
    • If you would like to pay by check, cash, or department*, please print this registration form, and send it to us with your payment. Checks should be made out to Brooks Rehabilitation.
    • The Brooks Institute of Higher Learning will provide reasonable accommodations for learners with special needs. Please contact the Brooks IHL at info@BrooksIHL.org for more information and/or for a special needs accommodation request.
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