This 2-day case-based course provides physical therapists with practical knowledge and skill in the treatment of female urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. 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.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Apply knowledge of normal anatomy and function of female pelvic floor to an examination scheme for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
• 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
The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) designation ONLY.
Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this coursemay be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details at Brooksihl.org. If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email CEU@BrooksIHL.org and we will be happy to help clarify!
This course has been approved for 18.5 hours by the following boards:
• Florida Physical Therapy Association
Continuing Education credit for each participant who meets the satisfactory course completion requirements (licensed in FL) will be automatically uploaded to CE Broker, which means the Florida Boards will have record of your attendance, even if you do not have your own personal CE Broker account. Course certificates will be provided at the completion of the course for those that meet the course completion requirements. Certificates will be mailed for courses that include a post-course test.