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This course has two components: a home study module and in-person live seminar. In Person Seminar is August 29, 2020, Embody Physiotherapy & Wellness, Sewickley PA

This Boost Camp is designed as a one-day intensive continuing education seminar for experienced physical therapists treating pelvic floor dysfunctions. Patient/client management teaching will include: *identifying pelvic floor muscle diagnoses

 *advanced examination techniques of female fascia, organ and pelvic floor anatomy applicable to postpartum women, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). 

*A plan of care will be implemented using the examination findings. 

*Patient education and individualized functional treatment progressions will be emphasized.  

Morning labs will include:

* internal vaginal and rectal examination techniques to identify normal and abnormal anterior, posterior and apical pelvic support

* including assessment for perineocele, levator ani (LA) avulsion and measurement of external perineal landmarks (gh, pb) used for pelvic organ prolapse quantification (POP-Q). 

*You will learn appropriate examination instruction and the difference of summarizing your findings for the patient and for your medical records.  

Afternoon lab: *focus on musculoskeletal and functional evaluation and treatment. 

*You will learn management of intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) with attention to postures and the glottis, breathing and pelvic diaphragms. 

*We will review the current research on the evidence-based benefits of lifestyle intervention verses pelvic floor exercise that will help you formulate a comprehensive rehab approach that empowers a woman to be active.  

Designed for intermediate to advanced physical therapists and PTA’s. Pregnant women should have a release letter from their primary obstetrics provider for internal evaluation participation. Participants will practice exam and treatment techniques on one another(If you are not able or willing to be available for practice, please bring a model). Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s license or regulation. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of 10:1. 

HOME STUDY MODULE includes powerpoint presentations, scientific articles, guideline reviews, literature reviews, and online videos.  

An additional amount of credit hours may be available in your state from the prerequisite and self-study module provided on registration. See example of Colorado state requirements for Continuing Professional Competency.  

Upon competition of the home study module the participant will be able to:  

List two key patient history/intake questions and two outcome questionnaires that will identify risk factors and symptoms of pelvic organ support. Identify four pelvic floor muscle diagnoses associated with pelvic floor dysfunctions (PFD). Name five key visceral pelvic fascia regions and key pelvic anatomy support structures. List the three methods of levator ani avulsion examination. Define the seven vaginal and two external points of the POP-Q examination. Describe two common POP-Q measurements and digital examination findings in patients with levator ani avulsion and POP, including those that would negatively impacting the likelihood of successful pessary fitting. Review current evidence-based literature summaries on IAP, Breathing and PFD.

Upon completion of the Live Seminar the participant will be able to:  

Describe symptom presentations in six types of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) as they relate to fascial support anatomy. List the three modifiable conditions that could affect results of fascial and prolapse examination. Palpate and identify with internal vaginal examination levator ani avulsion, the ATLA, ATFP, ATRV, uterosacral ligament and cervix position. Demonstrate examinations both internal vaginal and external POP-Q measurements using appropriate instructions and supplies. List five self-care/lifestyle intervention strategies for PFD. Assess and demonstrate breathing techniques and IAP management strategies in conjunction with therapeutic exercise and functional activity programs for PFD. Live Seminar Schedule: Embody Physiotherapy  

 8 CEU PA Pending. requesting DA (note, PA State Board determines the hours and how many are DA vs General)  



7:45 Registration 8:00 Objectives – Introduction Review of Patient Presentations/ Case Studies 9:00 Pelvic Floor (PF) muscles, Endopelvic and Parietal Pelvic Fascia Anatomy, Levels of Vaginal Support. A key point discussion of study module assignments. Lab 1 Practicum: Vaginal mapping of POP-Q points, cervix and uterosacral-ligament, LA Avulsion Assessment BREAK 11:15 Detailed POP Visualization and Identification techniques, Case Studies Lab 2 Practicum: Specific Measurements (gh, pb) and vaginal exam techniques with 1/2 speculum. Positional differences in PFD examinations, documentation. 12:30 LUNCH – On your own (45 minutes) 1:15 The Evidence on Lifestyle Interventions and Exercise for PFD . Pessary overview 2:15 Lecture and Lab 3 Practicum: Musculoskeletal Considerations, Abdominal Wall and Breathing Assessments, Valsalva vs Strain, posture and graded movement strategies BREAK 3:45 Demonstration: Treatment Progressions, Transitional movements Teaching IAP management and return to active lifestyles. Case studies continued. 4:45 Post Test, Discussion with Questions/Answers. Course Evaluation 5:30 Adjourn Cancellation Policy: Refunds, minus a $95 home study module and administrative fee are returned if the cancellation is received 14 days before the course start date. No cancellation fee is available once the course has begun. Pricing: Early-bird: $295.00 Early Registration ends March 31, 2020. Study module accompanies registration ticket. Start learning today! Standard Pricing, after March 31, 2020: $330.00  


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