Continuing Education Courses > Vulvodynia: Assessment and Treatment
|Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15
Vulvodynia, as defined by the International Society for the Study of Vulvar Disease (ISSVD), is “vulvar discomfort, most often described as burning pain, occurring in the absence of relevant visible findings or a specific clinically identifiable, neurologic disorder.” Numerous hypotheses have suggested possible etiologies but there is still no consensus of a definitive cause or a recommended intervention protocol. We know that as many as 12% of women in the US will complain of having chronic vulvar pain lasting longer than 3 months. Although some women will find their symptoms resolve on their own, many patients will suffer for years, often going undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, untreated, and/or mistreated. Over time, multiple organ systems become involved, creating a vicious cycle of pain, visceral and sexual dysfunction, and reduced quality of life.
The literature suggests that the most successful approach to treating vulvodynia is a multidisciplinary approach. Pelvic rehabilitation therapists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary treatment team. With thorough PT assessment, multiple comorbid dysfunctions are often uncovered, including those in the musculoskeletal, myofascial, and visceral systems in and around the pelvis. By addressing and treating these comorbid dysfunctions, pelvic rehabilitation providers can successly impact vulvar pain through reduced symptoms, improved function, and improved quality of life.
The 2-day continuing education course will begin with the history of vulvodynia, and course highlights will include epidemiology, nomenclature, and current medical management of chronic vulvar pain. In-depth anatomy of the pelvis and abdomen will be instructed followed by suggested strategies for assessment and treatment of female pelvic pain. Instructed evaluation and intervention approaches will include associated muscular, myofascial, and visceral components. A brief review of sexual function will be presented along with an introduction to addressing sexual dysfunctions such as dyspareunia with your patients. Therapists will find and abundance of manual therapy techniques included in this course, and in addition to external and internal abdominopelvic approaches, lab activities will include both vaginal and rectal internal pelvic muscle techniques.
As the course will include both lab and lecture portions, all attendees should be prepared to participate as both practitioner and patient. Both the anterior and posterior pelvis will be assessed and treated internally. Should males be interested in attending, they will need to provide their own models for the lab portion of the course.
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.
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Define vulvar pain and the various diagnoses and definitions in female chronic pelvic pain.
2. Describe the viscious cycle of chronic pain and the multiple system involvement.
3. List the relevent pelvic anatomy including muscular, myofascial, and visceral components involved in chronic female pelvic pain.
4. Describe current medical management of vulvodynia.
5. Demonstrate examination skills of the female pelvis for pelvic pain conditions.
6. Demonstrate 5 treatment techniques for vulvodynia.
7. Explain the relationship between vulvodynia and bowel/bladder/sexual dysfunctions.
8. Develop treatment plans for patients with female chronic pelvic pain.
9. Apply visceral mobilization techniques to structures commonly involved in vulvodynia.
8:00 Overview of Day 1, questions, comments
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Great discussions, questions answered, fantastic tools that can be used on Monday. Dee distributed several pearls of wisdom.
- Vanda Szekely, PT - Houston, TX
The course was fabulous. I have taken other visceral courses before and Dee made the techniques seem less intimidating and I had more confidence incorporating them into treatment right away. I have already started using some techniques that I've learned. I would highly recommend the course. We also had a variety of levels of experience with PTs so we had many lively discussions about treatment. She used a case study approach to teaching which I thought was innovative and very helpful.
email from -Elizabeth O'Dougherty PT - Lakewood, OH
Great course! It brought many things together for me. I picked up a few treatment pearls I will be able to use right away. Dee was great! I learned a lot from this course. I enjoyed Dee's style including her honesty about her experience, treatments, and diagnoses. She packs a lot in 2 days.
- Kim Krueger, MPT, BCB-PMD, PRPC - Husdon, WI
I am so pleased to have new techniques and approach to treatment of vuvodynia - a somewhat new twist to what I have previously learned.
- Theresa Plasencia, PT, MPT - Shoreview, MN
I thought this course was wonderful! Brought a whole new perspective! Lots of lab time, which I liked! So much I can bring back to clinic right away! So many new ideas and thoughts on ho to do things. Different tools for my toolbox! Thanks for such a wonderful class. [Dee has] accomplished her goal of inspiring for me to take more [courses]!
- Meghan Rietschel PT - Andover, MN
Great course with an outstanding instructor - Thanks, Dee. I have never been disappointed in the least in one of your courses. So valuable. Truly makes a difference in the role I can play in helping women. I had two patients already this week that I have been able to incorporate the new skills and knowledge. Truly become rejuvenated following your courses to further commit to helping women with PFD.
- Jill Lawrence, MSPT - Burnsville, MN
I thought the course was amazing - I learned much more than I expected! I am definitely interested in continuing to take courses through Herman and Wallace as I have now had a great experience with both courses I have taken thus far.
- Nicole Schepps - Montgomery, NY
Excellent course. Even for a newbie/first-timer. I felt the information/experience was invaluable
- Dawn Chimento - Whitestone, NY