Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15
This remote course covers external pelvic rehab skills for the rehabilitation professional working with patients in Home Health, Adult Day Care, Assisted Living, Extended Care, or Memory Care.
This remote continuing education course includes 8 hours of pre-recorded lectures and one day of live remote content covering external pelvic rehab skills for the rehabilitation professional who works with patients in Home Health, Adult Day Care, Assisted Living, Extended Care, or Memory Care. This course is intended for therapists treating patients with the goal of staying in their current home setting and toileting as independently as possible. Topics include functional pelvic anatomy, function and dysfunction, and geriatric comorbidities, as well as pelvic health documentation skills. Topics specific to the home health setting include gaining consent in the home setting, how to include caregivers and staff in the pelvic rehab process and external examination options and techniques. The live remote lecture will cover rehab strategies for urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation and pelvic pain.
This course will focus on real-world examples of home health experiences in rehabilitation External evaluation and treatment techniques adapted to the home and bedside environment, including the use of biofeedback for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and treatment protocols for co-morbidities, such as UTIs, falls and balance, and gait disorders.
Obtaining patient and caregiver consent for pelvic floor examinations and treatment adaptations to accommodate variable treatment surfaces (bed, chair, couch, wheelchair) will be discussed. Participants will receive reproducible handouts for patient and caregiver education and have skills labs on documentation compliance. This course will prepare the home health therapist to be ready and able to meet the urological and colorectal therapeutic needs of the homebound population.
Equipment needed for Labs: Home Health Bag, TheraBand, small air-filled ball, gait belt
*Schedule is listed in Pacific Time
Pre-Recorded lectures - watch before the course (8 hours total):
The Pelvic Organs and Visceral Functions – 1.5 hours
The Pelvic Ring and Articular Functions – 1 hour
The Pelvic Floor and Movement Functions – 1.5 hours
Types of Pelvic Dysfunctions – 1.5 hours
Pelvic Dysfunctions and Geriatric Co-morbidities – 1.5 hours
Pelvic Health Documentation Skills for the Home Health Therapist – 1 hour
7:30 Log on, attendance
*Schedule is listed in Pacific Time
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Define the role of rehabilitation in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders to include urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, urinary retention, prolapse, prostate issues, and pelvic pain.
2. Define the role of the pelvic ring and pelvic floor dysfunction in back, balance, and gait disorders.
3. Perform patient and caregiver interview skills.
4. Demonstrate the administration of functional outcome measures to identify treatable pelvic floor disorders.
5. Describe treatments for pelvic floor disorders with conditions that lead to the risk of falls, debility, wound development, and re-hospitalization in the homebound patient.
6. Utilize sEMG biofeedback as a teaching aid to rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscle to assist in increasing strength, endurance, and coordination for optimal bladder and bowel function.
7. Instruct behavioral interventions for urinary and fecal dysfunctions to include fluid and dietary modification, urgency management strategies, toileting postural adaptations, and use of adaptive equipment.
Dr. Heather Rader the owner of The OB PT Clinic, a practice devoted to the treatment of pregnancy-related pain and dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and complex pelvic pain located in Eustis, FL. A physical therapist since 1994, she graduated from the University of Miami with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2011. She was board certified in the use of Biofeedback for Pelvic Muscle Disorders in 2006. She was awarded the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification in 2014 and served as a subject matter expert and question writer for the PRPC examination. She is on faculty with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, teaching Pelvic Rehabilitation around the country several times a year, teaching courses in the Pelvic Floor Series and Pregnancy Series.
Her mission as an educator is to assist in the national expansion of qualified pelvic floor therapists and promote awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction to medical professionals and the community at large. She runs a social media site on Facebook called “Team Pelvic Floor”, which posts articles and facts about pelvic floor rehab while promoting a team approach to treating pelvic dysfunction. She is a practice consultant and mentors therapists wishing to incorporate pelvic rehabilitation into their practice.