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Differential Diagnostics of Chronic Pelvic Pain - Medford, OR - December 4-6, 2020 (Postponed)

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Price: $625 (Early Registrant Price $600)
Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 20

According to Hoppenfeld in his text on Physical Examination of the Spine & Extremities, accurate diagnosis depends on knowledge of functional anatomy, diligent observation, and a thorough examination. For the patient who presents with chronic pelvic pain, it is common to report pain and dysfunction in multiple body segments such as the spine, pelvis and hips. This continuing education course prepares the participant to apply differential diagnostic skills for chronic pelvic pain, allowing for more accurate intervention strategies that are directed to specific tissues.

Through multiple anatomy lectures and detailed palpation labs, a therapist's ability to "know exactly where you are" is enhanced through this class. And while knowledge of anatomy and skills in examination are critical in finding the source of a patient's pain, the influence of the nervous system must be considered for its impact on a patient's presentation.The influence of the nervous system on pain is learned in this course through study of the somatic and autonomic nervous system anatomy, function, and relationship to the pelvis. A therapist will learn systematic methods for examination of the joints, muscles, fascia, and nervous system and will be given tools to record findings of specific assessments.

The concepts instructed in this course are designed to be easily integrated into a therapist's current evaluation and intervention strategies. Foundational instruction includes an emphasis on embryology so that referred pain patterns are best understood. Sufficient lab opportunities are provided to allow the participant to practice the material that is demonstrated. Both external and internal pelvic muscle examination and treatment techniques will be included, with an emphasis on specific palpation and testing to allow the clinician to accurately identify sources of dysfunction. The course information is applicable to the patient who presents with pain as a primary complaint, as well as the patient suffering from both surgical and non-surgical voiding disorders.


Special Considerations:

As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Internal (vaginal) pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs.



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 vaginal examination. Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is strongly recommended


What to bring: Mobilization belt, Yoga mat, Foam roller, Reflex hammer

Day One:

4:00 Registration
4:30 Pre-Test
5:00 Introduction
5:30 Pelvic Osseus Lecture
6:00 Pelvic Palpation Laboratory
7:30 Vertebral Anatomy Lecture
8:00 Vertebral Palpation Laboratory 
9:00 Adjourn

Day Two:

8:00 Neuroanatomy of Pelvic Pain
9:30 Visceral Embryology
10:00 Break
10:10 Pain Lecture
11:40 Evaluation Lecture- spine
12:15 LUNCH
1:15 Evaluation Laboratory- spine
2:45 Break
2:55 Evaluation Lecture- perineum
3:30 Evaluation Laboratory- perineum
5:00 Adjourn

Day Three:

8:00 Connective Tissue Lecture
9:00 Differential Palpation Pelvic Structures
10:00 Interpretation
10:30 Treatment - Mobilization Lecture
Treatment - Mobilization Laboratory
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Treatment - Connective Tissue Laboratory
Treatment & Supportive Exercises
3:00 Treatment & Supportive Laboratory
5:00 Adjourn

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

1. Demonstrate palpation, examination, and interventions for the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine as related to pelvic pain
2. Describe the structures of the bony pelvis and acetabular structures as related to pelvic pain
3. Describe the interaction of the central and peripheral nervous systems and the potential impact on chronic pelvic pain
4. Explain the psychology of pain, and how it can relate to a magnification and persistence of pelvic pain
5. Describe how fascia becomes “tight” and how to release fascia 
6. Describe the role of and potential dysfunction caused by scar tissue in pelvic pain
7. Demonstrate internal (vaginal) muscle and anatomical landmark palpation 
8. Explain the value of differential diagnosis in identifying structures at fault in chronic pelvic pain presentations.

  Name Street Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

Recommended Lodging

Homewood Suites by Hilton Medford
(541) 779-9800

2010 Hospitality Way
Medford, OR 97504
Nearest Airport

Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport
Airport Code: MFR

1000 Terminal Spur Rd
Medford, OR 97504


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location:


Peter Philip, PT, ScD, COMT, PRPC

Peter Philip, PT, ScD, COMT, PRPC

Peter Philip, PT, ScD, COMT is a two- time graduate of Quinnipiac University; in 1996 with a bachelors in Physical Therapy and in 1999 with a Masters in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, and his doctorate from Texas Tech University’s Doctor of Science program where he enhanced and confirmed his independent research on pelvic pain, non-surgical orthopaedic medicine and teaching.

Peter has dedicated his life’s work to the eradication of pain and dysfunction. He treats both chronic and acute conditions, and bases his success on an integration of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathoanatomy.

Since 1997, Peter Philip has been the owner/director of Philip Physical Therapy, which is currently located in New Canaan, Connecticut. After initiating his private practice out of his truck with a reflex hammer and folding table, he is grateful to have an office space from which to work, as driving 1,000 miles a week had become quite taxing.

Peter has been treating patients with pelvic dysfunction, pelvic pain and bladder/bowel dysfunctions since 2001. He incorporates sound differential diagnostics and treatment strategies that address the spine, pelvis, sacroiliac joints, hips and pelvic anatomy. In 2010, he was acknowledged by the International Association of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) as a leader in the field of nonsurgical medicine, and was certified as an orthopedic manual therapist (COMT); The 2nd in the East Coast, and 1st in the Tri-State and New England regions. In April of 2014, Peter was one of eighteen to successfully complete and receive recognition as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC), and the first male nationally to receive this certification and recognition.

Peter was mentored by Dr. Russell Woodman and has taught nationally since 1995 on topics that range from pelvic pain, spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral), hip, shoulder, knee and ankle. Peter developed and teaches Differential Diagnostics of Chronic Pelvic Pain and Differential Diagnosis of the Sacroiliac Joint through Herman & Wallace.

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2021. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".