|Price: $695 ($725 within one month of the course)
Experience Level: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 22.5
This continuing education course is a three-day (8 hours of online content, followed by a 2-day in-person course) 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 quality of life so dramatically. In the US, adult estimates of 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.
Many pelvic rehabilitation providers attend this course to learn clinical skills for coccyx pain and for pudendal neuralgia, two conditions that are included on Day 2 of this continuing education course. As either condition can contribute to chronic pelvic pain, this course provides significant lab time so that participants will have the opportunity to practice any new skills. Day 3 of the course introduces the participant to pelvic rehabilitation of the male patient with an emphasis on topics of male pelvic anatomy, urinary incontinence, prostatectomy, and male pelvic pain. The content in this course prepares the therapist to work with male pelvic conditions by reinforcing what is common to the care of both men and women, as well as teaching that which is unique for the male patient.Current medical evaluation (with tests such as defecography, manometry), medical management (for anorectal pain and for colorectal conditions), and evidence-informed clinical interventions will be instructed.
Please note, the Pelvic Floor series of courses typically fill up about 2-3 months before the scheduled course date. It is highly recommended that participants register well in advance to reserve their seats. If you need your employer to send a check for your registration payment, please click the Request Invoice button on the course event page to reserve your seat.
As this continuing education course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient. Rectal pelvic floor muscle examinations will be taught in labs. Past participants have found that wearing comfortable clothing that is easy for changing (such as skirts or athletic shorts) is very useful for labs. Due to temperature variations from clinic to clinic we would recommend wearing comfortable layers.
PLEASE NOTE: This course includes internal assessment and exam techniques, which will be practiced in partnered pairs in lab time. H&W strives to foster an environment that is safe and supportive. Survivors of past trauma should be aware that performing or experiencing internal exam may be triggering, and that many, regardless of their histories, feel strong emotions when practicing these techniques. In order to foster an environment that is non-triggering and safe for all participants, we recommend all participants consider the emotional impact they may experience during the course, and consider consulting a trauma counselor or therapist prior to attending. Read more about What to Expect During Courses with Internal Lab Work.
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.
Pelvic Floor Level 1, through Herman & Wallace or Pelvic PT 1 through the APTA is required. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis, to inquire about such exceptions please contact us.
1. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Handout on Fecal Incontinence
2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Article on Constipation
3. The International Pelvic Pain Society Article on Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE)
4. The European Urology Association'sGuidelines on Chronic Pelvic Pain
5. Principles of Biofeedback from Professor Tim Watson's website electrotherapy.org
6. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Ebook available at a 20% discount at the preceding link (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy, are not required to purchase an additional one. Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.
Additional Helpful Resources:
Constipation. (2013) National Institutes of Health. Retrieved January 22, 2014 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation
Whitehead, W. E., Borrud, L., Gode, P. S., Meikle, S., Mueller, E. R., Tuteja, A.,...Ye, W. (2009). Fecal incontinence in US adults: epidemiology and risk factors. Gastroenterology, (137)2, 512-517
Recorded Lecture: Watch Before the In-Person Component of the Course
1. Colorectal Anatomy & Physiology (75 Min)
2. Medical Testing & Rehab Examination (45 Min.)
3. Fecal Incontinence (60 Min.)
4. Constipation (60 Min.)
5. Anatomy: Pelvic Floor, Penis, Scrotum & Contents (60 Min.)
6. Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction (45 Min.)
7. Topics in Inclusive Care (60 Min.)
8. Colorectal Conditions (45 Min.)
7:45 Questions from Day 1, Post-test Day 1
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe anatomy of the colorectal region.
2. Explain physiology of the gastrointestinal system including pathophysiology pertaining to bowel dysfunction.
3. Perform examination and evaluation of pelvic floor function related to anorectal structures.
4. Recognize types of fecal incontinence and develop plans of care for intervention including behavioral training and education.
5. Recognize and treat constipation, name the signs, symptoms, and interventions for hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, and other common colorectal conditions.
6. Identify specific pelvic floor muscles and key bony landmarks within the anorectal canal.
7. Perform external and internal rectal myofascial treatment techniques such as Thiele’s massage and trigger point release.
8. Perform patient education and behavioral training for constipation, fecal incontinence and pelvic pain syndromes.
9. Describe and teach three SEMG downtraining (relaxation) strategies for the overactive pelvic floor.
10. Describe and demonstrate coccyx evaluation and treatment using internal and external coccyx mobilizations.
11. Describe male urogenital and pelvic floor anatomy, identify signs and symptoms of prostatodynia
12. List key medical diagnostic procedures for colorectal conditions.
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|Course Location||2701 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/ Emory
|130 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
|6000 N Terminal Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30320
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Instructors - Cathcart
Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT
Darla graduated from Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) with her physical therapy degree, performed residency training in Women’s Health PT at Duke University, and is currently pursuing a PhD at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Her dissertation research focus is on using non-invasive brain stimulation to augment behavioral interventions for women with lifelong vaginismus.
Darla’s certifications and training include: Women’s Health Certified Specialist (WCS, board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).
Darla began her women’s health physical therapy career in her first job while working with pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems in a private outpatient therapy clinic in Shreveport, LA (with a focus on spine rehab). While there, she developed and hosted an exercise class for pregnant women. She would go on to develop a mom and baby postpartum exercise class while in her Duke residency in Durham, NC. She went on to develop the pelvic, pregnancy, and post-breast cancer/lymphedema PT program at Christus-Schumpert Health system in Shreveport, LA. During this time, she participated in educating women in the labor and birth preparatory classes hosted by the hospital; she also taught the women’s health course for physical therapy students at LSU-Shreveport. Darla went on to serve as a full-time faculty member in the physical therapy program at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, where she taught women’s health topics, documentation, therapeutic exercise, professional development, and human physiology. She now owns a private PT practice that is dedicated to pelvic (bowel, bladder, and pelvic pain) and pregnancy/postpartum conditions in Conway, AR.
Darla has several peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed scientific publications. Amongst some of these, she co-authored “Clinical Summary: Urinary Incontinence” for PTNow.org in April 2015. She authored the chapter titled “The Female Hip and Pelvis” in Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis (S Cheatham, M Kolber, Elsevier, 2015). She chaired the committee for and participated heavily in the development of the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum (CAPP-OB) course series for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. Darla has spoken and instructed many courses in local, national, and international settings on a variety of pelvic, pregnancy/postpartum, and other women’s health physical therapy topics. Darla has served as the Director of Education (2011-2014) and as Vice President (2015-2016) for the Section on Women’s Health, American Physical Therapy Association. She also served a technical expert panel member on Treatments for Fecal Incontinence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2014-2015. She also volunteered as a Women’s Health Certified Specialist Exam Standardization Task Force member in May 2013. Darla received several awards from the Section on Women’s Health: CAPP-OB Instructor of the Year (2017); Course Site Hostess of the Year (2018); and Volunteer of the Year (2015). She also received Clinical Instructor of the Year while serving as a clinical instructor a pelvic health physical therapy student from Elon University in 2011.
On a personal note, Darla has twin boys who were born in 2008. She is a life-long runner and exerciser who loves dark chocolate, craft beer, and her Basset hound (George) and Basset-Dachshund mix (Peanut).
Instructors - Reale
Jessica Reale, PT, DPT, WCS
Jessica is a board-certified specialist in Women’s Health (WCS) and is passionate about working with men and women with pelvic floor disorders. She is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.S. in Kinesiology and of Duke University where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Jessica is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health, having served on the educational review committee and the functional outcome measures taskforce. In addition, she is passionate about educating the community and current practitioners on pelvic floor disorders and has taught seminars locally as well as presented at conferences, as adjunct faculty in physical therapy orthopedic and sports residency programs, and as a guest lecturer for multiple graduate programs in physical therapy and medical residency programs. Jessica also teaches regular live webinars on topics related to pelvic health through Therapy Network Seminars. Jessica treats patients at One on One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA and runs an online educational blog on pelvic health at www.jessicarealept.com. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and traveling.
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