This two-day case-based course provides physical therapists with practical knowledge and skill in the treatment of female urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. 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. This course is the first 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. Instruction in vaginal examination of the pelvic floor is a key component of this course. Participants will perform and experience intra-vaginal EMG biofeedback, vaginal weights, and electrical stimulation.
All participants must complete the required home study prior to attending this course. Pre-readings and pre-test information will be 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. There are no prerequisite courses required to attend this course.
Brooks Pelvic Physical Therapy Certificate of Achievement
This course is the first 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 PT1. Successful completion of Pelvic PT1, Pelvic PT2, and Pelvic PT3 will result in a Brooks Pelvic Physical Therapy Certificate of Achievement.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the physiology of micturition and the pathophysiology of urinary incontinence(UI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to an examination scheme for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
- 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 (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 UI and POP
- Develop differential diagnoses and prognosis for recovery of neuromusculoskeletal impairments and functional losses associated with UI and POP
- 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 UI and POP may impact rehabilitation interventions
- Implement interventions such as PFM exercise, bladder training, sEMG and pressure biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and vaginal weights for rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscle 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