Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 7.5
Pharmacologic agents are often a first line treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction. Most patients seeking treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction are prescribed one or more medications. Medication side effects can contribute to or, be the cause of genitourinary issues. It is important that health care providers are knowledgeable about the effects of medications and, how the medication itself could be contributing to the patient’s complaints.
This seven-and-a-half hour, one-day remote learning course will discuss medications used for the treatment of pelvic floor and genitourinary conditions as well as common side effects of medications routinely used for pelvic floor dysfunction. This course will be taught by live instructor via Zoom. Medications for constipation and GI dysfunction, as well as pelvic pain conditions such as Vulvodynia, Chronic Prostatitis, and Endometriosis will be covered. The course will also cover medications and side effects in Gender-Affirming Care for patients who are transitioning.
The results from a 2017 study by Araklitis, Thiagamoorthy, Hunter, Rantell, Robinson & Cardozo showed limited knowledge among health care providers regarding anticholinergic load which can impact cognitive functioning in the elderly. Anticholinergic medications are often prescribed for urinary dysfunction. Understanding medications used for genitourinary issues will enable the provider to educate patients about medication effects and, effectively communicate with other health care providers regarding medication choices for their patients.
This continuing education seminar is targeted to any licensed health care professional. 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.
Araklitis, G., Thiagamoorthy, G., Hunter, J., Rantell, A., Robinson, D., & Cardozo, L. (2017). Anticholinergic prescription: are healthcare professionals the real burden? International Urogynecology Journal, 28(8), 1249–1256. https://doi-org.akin.css.edu/10.1007/s00192-016-3258-3
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
Pre-recordings to watch before the course (1 hour):
Instructor introduction and Objectives
Importance of understanding pharmacology
One Day Course Schedule:7:30am Log on, zoom basics, introductions, goals and objectives
8:00am Break out session: 2-3 groups for a “drug naming” activity using drugs.com or medlineplus.gov
8:15am Pain Conditions: Vulvodynia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Chronic Prostatitis (CPP), Endometriosis
9:35am Gender affirming care: Male-to-Female and Female-to-Male: Medications and side effects and PT implications
10:10am Urinary issues: Overactive bladder, IC/PBS, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy: medication management and side effects, Nutrition/dietary impacts
11:50am Questions from the “morning”
12:00pm Post-menopausal issues: Vaginal Atrophy/Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM), Osteoporosis
12:45pm Breast Cancer treatments, medication adherence
1:00pm Colorectal and GI Dysfunction: IBS, IBD (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), Constipation, Pediatric Constipation, emerging treatments for GI dysfunction
2:20pm Break out session: Case Studies
*Schedule is listed in Pacific Standard Time
Kristina received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Springfield College in Massachusetts. In 2001, while living in the Los Angeles area, Kristina started specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction including bowel/bladder issues and pelvic pain. During her time in Los Angeles, she was fortunate to work with and, be mentored by fellow Herman and Wallace faculty member, Jenni Gabelsburg, DPT, WCS, MSc, MTC. In 2013 Kristina became board certified in women’s health (WCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then received her lymphatic therapist certification (CLT) in 2015.
Kristina has successfully helped establish women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy programs in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, CO where she currently works in private practice. Kristina treats men, women, children, trans and gender non-binary individuals in her practice. In addition, Kristina serves as a guest lecturer for graduate physical therapy students at Regis University in Denver, CO and, provides educational lectures to medical providers and local community groups. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, running and hiking.