Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 9
This is an intermediate virtual course that will reintroduce basic neuroanatomy followed by a detailed overview of pelvic neurophysiology to prepare us for an extensive in depth look at pelvic health treatment options for the person with Parkinson disease. Preparatory lectures will help develop a clear understanding of Parkinson disease. This will establish an equal baseline knowledge base for the participating clinicians that have worked extensively with or have never worked with people that have Parkinson disease. We will look in depth at all of the characteristic pelvic health conditions people with Parkinson disease may face and you will be provided with a multitude of options for your assessment and treatment planning. Additional topics of discussion will include considerations when completing a pelvic musculoskeletal examination with your neurologic clients as well as applications for TENS in the neurologic population. You may choose to have a TENS unit for use during the TENS lecture for application on yourself. You may also want to have a variety of colored pencils available to you for a few of the lectures to help in your understanding of the complex neurophysiological pathways you will learn about.
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Upon completion of this virtual course, participants will be able to:
1. List key parts and functions of the central and peripheral nervous system
2. Identify brain regions and regulatory pathways of neurologic pelvic function
3. Understand how to complete an initial neurologic based pelvic musculoskeletal examination
4. Describe options for the use of TENS for neurogenic bladder and bowel
5. Explain the neuroanatomical reasons for bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction in people with Parkinson disease
6. Develop advanced bladder, bowel and sexual health assessment techniques and treatment plans for people with Parkinson disease
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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Erica Vitek, MOT, OTR, BCB-PMD, PRPC
Erica graduated with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2002, and works for Aurora Health Care at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Erica specializes in female, male, and pediatric evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor and related bladder, bowel, and sexual health issues. She is Board Certified in Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD) and is a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
Erica has attended extensive post graduate rehabilitation education in the area of Parkinson disease and exercise. She is certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman) BIG and is a trained PWR! (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) provider, both focusing on intensive, amplitude and neuroplasticity based exercise programs for people with Parkinson disease. Erica is an LSVT Global faculty member. She instructs both the LSVT BIG training and certification course throughout the nation and online webinars. Erica partners with the Wisconsin Parkinson Association (WPA) as a support group and event presenter as well as author in their publication, The Network. Erica has taken a special interest in the unique pelvic floor, bladder, bowel and sexual health issues experienced by individuals diagnosed with Parkinson disease.