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Pelvic Floor Level 1 -Boston, MA - October 5-7, 2012 (SOLD OUT!)

Audience: This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
Level: Beginner
Contact hours: 22.5 (CEUs vary by state)
Price: $695 (Early registrant price of $675 for registrations received one month before course start date)
Required Assignments and Readings

 

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This continuing education course is a three-day seminar designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions. It is geared to the physical therapist who wants to synthesize the information and apply it to individual treatment programs for urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecologic pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain (CPP), vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). This continuing education seminar teaches evaluation and treatment interventions by instructional assessment of the pelvic floor muscles with internal vaginal examination and SEMG biofeedback assessment. The information is immediately applicable to clinical practice.

Presentation of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques will be emphasized. Outcome measures and quality of life questionnaires will be presented for both urinary incontinence and pain syndromes. Daily lab time allows for supervised instruction of pelvic floor muscle evaluation with external palpation and internal vaginal examination of pelvic floor musculature. For each condition the therapist will learn to: recognize the key signs and symptoms that lead to impairment, functional limitations and disabilities; use an evaluation/outcome tool; and perform a suggested protocol of treatment interventions. Clinical treatment interventions will include therapeutic exercise, SEMG biofeedback, external manual therapy, patient related education/behavioral instructions and electrotherapeutic modalities.

 

Special Considerations:
As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Male course attendees may participate fully in the entire course if they bring their own lab model for examination. Pregnant women course attendees may participate fully in the entire course if they bring their own lab model for examination, or if the attendee insists on lab participation then a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. We strongly recommend that pregnant attendees bring a model as vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice.


Labs will be conducted under ther supervision of instructors and teaching assistants. There will be a ratio of at least one instructor/assistant for every ten participants.

 

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Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
3. Describe and perform pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
4. List appropriate outcome measure tools for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain
5. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
6. Identify specific pelvic pain conditions (vulvodynia, IC and CPP) and common physical therapy interventions 
7. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
8. List two diagnoses that would benefit from applications of electrotherapy
9. Describe the applications of SEMG biofeedback for the pelvic floor
10. Develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for female pelvic floor dysfunctions

 

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As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Vaginal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Male course attendees may participate fully in the entire course if they bring their own lab model for examination. Pregnant women course attendees may participate fully in the entire course if they bring their own lab model for examination, or if the attendee insists on lab participation then a clearance letter from her physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. We strongly recommend that pregnant attendees bring a model as vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice.

 

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Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introductions, Goals, Objectives
8:30 Female Pelvic Floor (PF) Anatomy and Function
9:30 Break
9:45 Pelvic Floor Evaluation
11:15 Lab 1: Pelvic Floor Exam Techiques Part 1: Observation, Identification, Muscle layers, ICS Scoring*
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation (Continued)
2:15 Lab 2: PF Exam Techniques Part 2: PF MMT, Laycock Exam, Pelvic Clock, Obturator Internus*
3:15 Break
3:30 Functional Screening for Pelvic Rehab: ASLR, SLS, Diastasis Recti Abdominis
4:15 Lab 3: SLS, ASLR, Diastasis Assessment
5:15 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:00 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
8:15 Intro to Pelvic Dysfunctions, Urinary Incontinence 
9:30 Behavioral Interventions for Urinary Dysfunction 
10:00 Break
10:15 Lab 4: Bladder Diary Activity
10:45 Lab 5: sEMG Biofeedback & Electrical Stimulation Application*
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Pelvic Organ Prolapse
2:45 Break
3:00 Lab 6: Pelvic Floor Examination and Prolapse Exam, External Palpation*
4:15 Introduction to Female Pelvic Pain
5:15 Adjourn

Day Three:
7:45 Questions, Post-test Day 2
8:15 Sexuality & Trauma Issues in Female Pelvic Pain
10:15 Break
10:30 Specific Diagnoses in Female Pelvic Pain
11:30 Therapeutic Exercise in Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Lab 7: Final Pelvic Rehabilitation Examination, Evaluation, & Treatment*
2:30 Break
2:45 Case Studies
3:30 Resources, Billing, Marketing
4:00 Questions, Post-test Day 3
4:15 Adjourn

 

 

*This lab includes internal evaluations

 

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Instructor: Holly Herman and Kathe Wallace
Dates: Friday, October 5th, 2012 ~ Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Location: Marathon Physical Therapy
99 Vanderbilt Ave
Norwood MA 02062 (map)
Reservations: Courtyard Boston Norwood
(781) 762-4700