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Geriatric Pelvic Floor Rehab - St. Paul, MN - May 4-5, 2019

St. Paul

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Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 16

Rehabilitation of geriatric pelvic floor dysfunction is often confounded by comorbid conditions such as disease processes, cognitive dysfunctions, prior injuries and changes resulting from the aging process. Pelvic floor dysfunctions in our geriatric patients include pelvic pain, bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction. Regarding urinary incontinence, the National Association for Continence reports that more than 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence, with women being 4-5 times more likely to develop leakage. How is rehabilitation of patients who are older affect evaluation and treatment planning? The pelvic rehabilitation therapist must consider many aspects of health, aging, and even reimbursement when addressing pelvic dysfunction in the geriatric patient.

This new course has been developed by Heather Rader, who works exclusively with patients who are considered within the geriatric age range. The continuing education course is targeted to the pelvic rehab therapist seeking specific techniques and adaptations of pelvic rehabilitation skills for the older patient. Covering a system-based review of the normal aging process, this course will integrate issues created by co-morbidlites and the effects on the pelvic floor. Considerations will be instructed regarding evaluation and intervention modifications for patient who are immobile or frail, including those patients who are wheelchair-bound.

The participant will also learn how to modify examination and intervention techniques for immobile patients, and address common challenges such as unsteadiness, forgetfulness, reluctance, and complexity of medical conditions in the geriatric patient. For the purposes of this course, all examples will assume the patient has Medicare as their primary insurance.

The Geriatric Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation course will also cover co-morbidities of aging including cardiorespiratory illness, osteoporosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, spinal stenosis, incontinence and balance, hip dysfunction, dyspareunia and prostate cancer. Topics will also include sexuality in the elderly population and potential causes of sexual dysfunction such as hormonal factors and pelvic pain. Lab activities throughout the course will allow the participant to apply new concepts. Emphasis will also be placed on documentation, reimbursement considerations, and program development.



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.


While it is recommended to have prior experience with pelvic evaluations, this is not a prerequisite to participation. Both beginners and intermediate practitioners will benefit from attending this course.


What to bring:

Participants should feel free bring lap tops or tablets for use during marketing and documentation labs.

Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introductions
8:30 Aging Factors
10:30 Break
10:45 Pelvic Floor Impairments
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Pelvic Floor Co-Morbidities
2:45 Break
3:00 Pelvic Floor Marketing, wrap up
5:15 Adjourn

Day Two:
7:30 Sign in
Pelvic Floor Documentation
10:30 Break
10:45 Evaluation Modifications
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Treatment/Fitness Modifications
3:30 Break
3:45 Case Studies – Modify that Rehab!
4:15 Adjourn

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

1. Understand differences between normal effects of aging on the body versus effects of co-morbidities.
2. Identify statistically common co-morbidities in the geriatric population and their physiological effects on pelvic floor disorders and the rehabilitation process.
3. Develop a marketing plan that targets the needs of the geriatric pelvic floor patient to include the front office experience, retention strategies, advertisement development, presentation to medical professional presentation and community education lectures.
4. Develop treatment plans that maximize Medicare reimbursement and minimize documentation time.
5. Document and write functional goals, justification of skilled services and response to treatment for the geriatric pelvic floor population as well as appropriate G-Code selection.
6. Develop treatment plans that combine pelvic floor disorders and co-morbidities.
7. Demonstrate evaluation modifications for the older and less mobile pelvic floor patient.
8. Demonstrate treatment modifications for the older and less mobile pelvic floor patient.

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

Regions Hospital

295 Phalen Boulevard
St Paul, MN 55130 USA
Recommended Lodging

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St Paul Downtown

411 Minnesota Street
St Paul, MN 55101, USA
Nearest Airport

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport
Airport Code: MSP

Minnesota, USA


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: Click here if map is not shown below.

Heather S. Rader, PT, DPT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Heather Rader

Dr. Heather Rader the owner of Rader Pelvic Physical Therapy, a practice devoted to the treatment of pregnancy related pain and dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and complex pelvic pain in men and women. A physical therapist since 1994, she graduated from the University of Miami with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2011. She has been board certified in the use of Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Disorders since 2006. She was awarded the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification in 2014 and served as a subject matter expert and question writer for the PRPC examination. She is on faculty with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, teaching Pelvic Rehabilitation around the country several times a year, teaching courses in the Pelvic Floor Series and Pregnancy Series and is the author of the Geriatric Pelvic Floor course.

Her mission as an educator is to assist in the national expansion of qualified pelvic floor therapists and promote awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction to medical professionals and the community at large. She runs a social media site on Facebook called “Team Pelvic Floor”, which posts articles and facts about pelvic floor rehab while promoting a team approach to treating pelvic dysfunction. She is a practice consultant and mentors therapists wishing to incorporate pelvic rehabilitation into their practice.

Work Cell: 352-409-7603

Office: 352-585-9135  Fax: 239-275-0277

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.RaderPelvicPT.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TeamPelvicFloor

Tedx Talk: stay tuned!  Event is Feb. 15, 2019


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 Student2019. (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 FirstTimer2019 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".