Continuing Education Courses > Bowel Pathology, Function, Dysfunction and the Pelvic Floor > Bowel Pathology and Function - Remote Course - August 7-8, 2020
Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 9.5
This intermediate, two-day remote course covers the details of normal gut motility, bowel function, medical tests and medications relating to diagnosing and treating the medical side of bowel dysfunction. Main topics discussed are fecal incontinence, chronic constipation and abdominal pain and how they relate to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and physical therapy interventions. Topics relating to basic foods along with over-the-counter and prescription products are explained in aiding or to increase or slowing gut motility.
Visualization of biofeedback, intra-rectal electrical stimulation use is discussed. Each participant will purchase a rectal balloon set to practice inflation/deflation in order to be ready for use in clinic.
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.
It is required that the participants have a working experience with evaluating and treating patients with pelvic pain inclusive of both vaginal and rectal examination. Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is strongly recommended.
8:00 Introduction and Zoom basics
8:00 Questions & Answers
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the structures and functions of the digestive system, and have a general understanding of bowel disease.
2. List general medical assessment, medical tests and outcomes, medications given and how they relate to pelvic floor function/dysfunction.
3. Perform self-abdominal palpation to address myofascial abdominal restrictions around the area of the duodenal sphincter and ileocecal valves along with instruction of home bowel massage.
4. Analyze the use of sEMG biofeedback, intra-rectal stimulation to increase or decrease pelvic floor muscle activity along with anorectal ballooning explanation and demonstration of technique.
5. Create an appropriate plan of care based on a patient’s symptoms and physical examination.
Remote courses require Zoom video conferencing software. You can create an account and download the software to your computer at https://zoom.us/
We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our start and end times. Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.
A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.
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Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, PRPC
Lila Abbate graduated from Touro College in Dix Hills, NY with a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Health Sciences and a Masters of Arts (MA) in Physical Therapy in 1997. Lila completed her Advanced Masters in Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy (MS) at Touro College, Bayshore, NY in 2003 and continued to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2005. Currently, Dr. Abbate is pursuing her PhD at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and plans to conduct research in Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health. Dr. Abbate is also a Physical Therapy Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) deemed by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2004.
Dr. Abbate has been faculty at Touro College (2003 – 2006), Manhattan Campus, teaching the biomechanical approach to orthopedic dysfunction, therapeutic exercise as well as massage/soft tissues work that highlighted trigger point work, scar management and myofascial release.
Currently, Dr. Abbate currently owns a private practice in Manhasset, NY specializing in complex orthopedic conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction.