EIM’s Pelvic Health I course is designed to teach the orthopaedic physical and occupational therapists how to effectively integrate the pelvic floor into physical therapy treatment for clients with low back pain, hip pain, and pelvic girdle dysfunction as well as selected interventions for patients during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Students will learn how to screen for pelvic floor dysfunction and effectively integrate external techniques for the pelvic floor into their treatment plans for improved patient outcomes in an orthopaedic population. This course additionally has a 2-day weekend intensive component in which students will learn techniques such as manipulations, mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue work, and retraining techniques specific to the orthopaedic patient with low back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. Students will be enrolled in an 8 week online discussion-based course designed to give an evidence-based overview and deep level of understanding of the didactic components of the role of the pelvic floor in commonly seen othopaedic diagnoses. This component emphasizes frequent interaction with highly qualified faculty and an active learning approach to facilitate understanding of the didactic component so that the weekend intensive time can be spent primarily on skill development. Students should expect to spend10-15 hours per week on learning activities that include web based video presentations, research article reading, and discussion with fellow students and faculty. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend. The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the integration of pelvic floor evaluation and treatment into orthopedic management using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles. The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected examination and treatment techniques. During the weekend, a heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of manual therapy and neuromotor retraining interventions for orthopaedic patients with pelvic floor involvement. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 14:1. An online post-test and on-site skill assessments are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day.
Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical and occupational therapists.
Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions
Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).
Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the current epidemiology of pelvic floor dysfunction in those with low back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Describe and understand the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor and pelvis.
- Screen for pelvic floor as a primary pathology or secondary component in clients with hip and low back pathologies.
- Appropriately incorporate the pelvic floor into history and physical exam during evaluations.
- Identify red flags that warrant a referral back to the physician. Demonstrate effective pelvic floor retraining techniques.
- Understand how the pelvis and pelvic floor integrate for movement.
- Demonstrate safe techniques for evaluating and treating the pregnant and postpartum populations.
- Understand the pathology and treatment of coccydynia using external techniques.
Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week! References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.