Continuing Education Courses > Finding the Driver in Pelvic Pain
Price: $725 (Early Registrant Price of $695 ends one month
Clinical Reasoning is an essential tool in the evaluation and treatment of clients with pelvic floor dysfunction as it enables differential diagnosis and prioritization of treatment interventions. The majority of clients with pelvic floor dysfunction have associated co-morbidities which may include labral tear, femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), discogenic low back pain (LBP), altered respiratory patterns, nerve entrapments, fascial incompetence or coccygeal dysfunction. These complex clients require the clinician to have a comprehensive toolbox to screen musculoskeletal, neurologic as well as pelvic floor dysfunctions in order to design an effective treatment regimen. This intermediate level 3-day course is designed for physical therapists treating pelvic pain and elimination disorders who seek additional skills in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal co-morbidities as well as clinical reasoning with prioritization of interventions. Evidence based test item clusters for all associated contributing factors will be covered, including urogynecologic, sexual, colorectal, orthopedic, key history taking questions as well as direct perineal and pelvic floor assessment. Participants will be provided with differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning that can be applied to their clients immediately. Internal and external pelvic floor assessment is critical for evidence based evaluation and treatment of pelvic pain and elimination disorders. This data, along with the musculoskeletal screening, can determine if the pelvic floor dysfunction is the outcome or the cause of the problem.
This intermediate level course is an excellent adjunct for clinicians interested in learning how to evaluate and prioritize the treatment interventions of clients with pelvic floor associated musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Physical therapists, occupational therapists, advanced practice nurses and physical therapist assistants with a foundational knowledge of pelvic floor disorders and orthopedics
Permission of instructor, or clinicians who have completed a minimum of one pelvic floor evaluation and treatment course including external and internal assessment of pelvic floor anatomy, options include Pelvic Floor Level 1 from Herman and Wallace, APTA SOWH PF 1 course and Marquette University’s 4 Day Treatment of Bowel, Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders.
What to Bring:
Joint Mobilization Belt
Following the course which will utilize Sackett's definition of evidence-based medicine, participants will be able to describe and/or integrate the following in the treatment of their clients:
1. Understand evidence-based scan exam test item clusters pertaining to pelvic pain in order to identify pelvic pain sources, as well as factors that influence and react to pelvic floor overactivity.
2. Consider findings within Mechanisms-Based Reasoning, understanding normative data findings and using words that heal with our clients.
3. Understand the role of central sensitization, nociceptive, peripheral neurogenic, autonomic/sympathetic and affective/cognitive pain.
4. Perform test item clusters for spine, abdominal wall, SIJ, hip, pubic symphysis, biomechanical, neuromuscular factors impacting pelvic pain and elimination disorders.
5. Perform a scan exam for external and internal vaginal pelvic floor assessment and document findings with a PFM mapping tool.
6. Understand pelvic pain drivers including vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis (IC)/painful bladder syndrome (PBS), constipation, colorectal dysfunction, vulvar dermatologic and post-partum perineal injuries.
7. Fill out a bowel and bladder diary and apply advanced understanding to understand its role in evaluation and treatment of pelvic pain.
8. Dialogue through the clinical reasoning of multiple case studies to design and prioritize evaluation and treatment interventions.
9. Learn treatment interventions including the use of reframing narratives, neural down regulation, manual therapy, client education resources and home self-treatment options.
Day Two: (note concurrent lecture/lab and please keep desks clear)
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This class not only added to my skill set but provided me an opportunity to widen my lens, fine tune my skills and receive encouragement, feedback connection, and support.
-Angela Hilyar, DPT - Bellingham, WA
Elizabeth Hampton is a wonderful educator. She is knowledgeable, smart, warm, funny, compassionate, and presents material in a well organized, easily accessable manner, taking complex topics and making them easy to embrace conceptually.
-Amanda Z. Stieglitz, DPT - Miami, FL
Elizabeth has a very approachable personality. She is very knowledgeable, So willing to share could spend hours more gleaning from her.
-Teresa A Pederson, PT MA - Wyoming, MN
Not only did I get a wealth of knowledge, but I learned more on how to become a better compassionate and empathetic healthcare provider through my choices of words, touch, and treatment strategy. Thank You Elizabeth!
-Joanne Zazzera, DPT - Honolulu, HI
Always find lots of useful information from these courses-some to turn around apply the next day, and some that needs more time to “digest”.
-Emily Dzirnis, PT, DPT - Cloverdale, CA
Elizabeth was energetic, creative, and innovative. I love that she continually seeks a new way to explain or demonstrate something.
-Kirstyn Fulton, PT, DPT - Maplewood, MN
Elizabeth is just a lovely person and great instructor. I felt that she support all types and levels of skill and learning. I would definitely consider other courses by her.
-Stephanie Ryan, PT, DPT - Ixonia, WI
After this weekend, I feel that I am better able to organize my findings during screenings and evaluating my patients/clients and will be able to better drive my treatment.
-Helen Grimes, PT, DPT - Sulphur, LA
An email to Elizabeth Hampton First, I want to personally thank you for a very insightful, engaging, very organized class we had this past weekend at CTS in San Diego. You gave us a very good comprehensive review of orthopedic screening and more. You exemplified to all of us how a skilled, knowledgeable, well organized clinician; properly handles a patient during their intakes and manage innuendos of difficult, chronic pain patients. I love the way you have organized the orthopedic screening and your verbiage as you deliver your questions and interpretations of your exam to the patient. I also sensed from you your love & dedication to empower, teach and share your knowledge to us, all your students. What I took with me when I left were something that I was practically and easily able to apply in my practice the next day and will continue to do so. You have inspired me tremendously. And for that, I thank you so very much.
-Annette S. Estrada, PT - Los Banos, CA
Elizabeth is a fabulous presenter. She is gentle, organized, and articulate. In addition to her presentation of course material, I have learned some great clinical nuggets around dialogue with clients and creating a safe,non-judgmental environment.
-Kate Jones, DPT - Portland, OR
Elizabeth is the best instructor I have ever had. She explains everything perfectly, clearly, and with endless patience.
-Karen Kowenski PT - Houston, TX
"Excellent assist for prioritizing treatment. Finding the driver makes me much more effective in meeting my patients' goals quickly."
-Lindi Magnuson, PT, BCM-PMD Green Bay, WI
"Elizabeth- Thank you for all of your expertise! To share this with other clinicians in invaluable, I feel very honored to have attended this course, both from an academia and clinical learning standpoint, but also how you interject how respectful you are of patients and giving us little 'pearls' of wisdom"
-Lisa Fischer, OTR/CLT Milwaukee, WI
"I learned a variety of scripts to use with my patients to facilitate their motor control and self-awareness. The wealth of knowledge the presenter and course participants bring to the gathering enrich and deepen this training!" Greatest value was content and neural anatomy review; respectful and kind scripts and modeling of presenter
-Carol Gardner, PT Red Wing, MN
"Elizabeth presents excellent, organized and research supported lecture on pelvic floor musculoskeletal screening. Her approach to the topic as well as her attitude toward treatment is truly inspiring."Greatest value was case studies and Pelvic Floor Musculature mapping; sharing of knowledge; test clusters, and pain lecture.
-Nina Olson, DPT Milwaukee, WI
"This was a great course to explain clinical reasoning in the "whole" picture including when addressing a pelvic floor client. Thank you for sharing your passion & expertise."
-Elizabeth DeJonge, PT Stillwater, MN