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Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment (Level 2A)
This is a satellite offering of our course, Pelvic Floor Level 2A. This continuing education course consists of pre recorded lectures followed by live, interactive remote learning which will be completed by groups meeting at a specific satellite location OR self-hosted location. The instructor will be presenting to all satellites from a remote location via Zoom. During labs, participants will pair up and be guided by the local lab assistants at the satellite course location.
This continuing education course is an intermediate-level seminar designed as a next step in completing the clinicians’ ability to more comprehensively evaluate and treat the female and male pelvic floor. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about two common bowel dysfunctions, fecal incontinence and constipation, and how the pelvic rehabilitation provider can play a crucial role in overcoming these issues that affect the quality of life so dramatically. In the US, the estimate of adult fecal incontinence is over 8% and greater than 15% in people over age 70. (Whitehead, 2010) According to the National Institutes of Health, constipation affects up to 15% of people, and is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints that affects 42 million people. (Constipation, 2013) Pelvic rehabilitation providers are able to teach patients how to significantly improve quality of life through simple behavioral techniques and approaches that optimize abdominopelvic health.
Participants will learn how to evaluate the patient who presents with bowel dysfunction including fecal incontinence and constipation, and also with defecation disorders such as paroxysmal puborectalis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fecal urgency. Knowledge of pelvic anatomy expands into the gastrointestinal system with detailed instruction about the rectum and anal canal, anal sphincters, and with instruction in important physiologic principles such as the gastrocolic reflex, sampling response, and intrinsic defecation reflex. There are other conditions that can cause pain or bleeding such as hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, and proctalgia fugax; the clinician will learn how to apply skills of external and internal pelvic muscle assessment (via the anorectal canal) for these conditions.
Jul 1, 2023 8:30 AM America/Chicago
Venue: Gadsden Pelvic Rehab
500 S 5th St, Suite 1040
Gadsden, AL 35901