Continuing Education Courses > Pharmacologic Considerations for the Pelvic Health Provider > Pharmacologic Considerations for the Pelvic Health Provider - Remote Course - August 8, 2020
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 2.5
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.
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 two and a half hour 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.
Schedule: 10:00am – 12:30pm Pacific Time
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:
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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Kristina Koch, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT
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.