CAPP-Pelvic Course Series
2022 Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 Webinar
The Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 (PH1) course is composed of two parts: PART I Lecture (webinar) and PART II Lab (in-person). The Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course is recognized by The International Continence Society (ICS) as providing training that conforms to ICS standards.
PART I (webinar lecture) offers the physical therapy professional to learn basic skills necessary to treat patients with pelvic health dysfunction with primary emphasis on under active pelvic floor muscle conditions. Attendees focus on the basic skills necessary to treat patients with pelvic health dysfunction with primary emphasis on under active pelvic floor muscle conditions. Contact hours: 16.5
Upon completion of both PARTS I & II, the learner will:
Examination / Evaluation
- Identify and examine the anatomy of the pelvic girdle
- Describe the function of the lower urinary tract and female pelvic organs.
- Demonstrate proper infection control techniques involved in pelvic floor muscle examination.
- Perform an external evaluation of the female genitalia verbally identifying bones, ligaments,muscles and other structures.
- Perform an internal pelvic examination identifying muscles, ligaments, bony prominences with identification of pelvic floor muscle origins and insertions.
- Demonstrate proper technique in testing muscle strength of the levator ani muscles.
- Demonstrate proper technique in testing for pelvic organ prolapse.
- Demonstrate proper use of handheld EMG biofeedback to assess pelvic floor musculature.
Diagnosis / Prognosis
- Differentiate between under active pelvic floor muscles and overactive pelvic floor muscles.
- Demonstrate an understanding of bladder tests and measurements (bladder diary, urodynamic testing, pad testing, etc.) that are used in the process of differential diagnosis.
- Demonstrate the ability to compose a plan of care including functional goals, prognosis and length of care for the patient with under active pelvic floor conditions.
- Explain red flags related to treatment of the pelvic floor and understand when to refer to another healthcare provider.
- Understand urogynecologic surgeries and their effect on prognosis and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
- Demonstrate understanding of various medications and their effects on the bowel and bladder and identify how that may affect prognosis for a patient with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
- Explain the effects of pelvic floor under activity and proper technique of pelvic muscle exercises for rehabilitative purposes.
- Explain the relationship between the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles as they relate to activities of daily living.
- Describe the various interventions available to strengthen the muscles of the patient with an under active pelvic floor and clinically reason when and why the various interventions might be used.
- Demonstrate proper use of a handheld pelvic floor muscle electrical stimulation unit and explain its appropriate uses for a patient with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
- Describe techniques that can be used to train (retrain) the bladder and when each intervention might be used.
- Day 1: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Central Time
- Day 2: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time
- Breaks are included: 15 min Morning break, 1 hour lunch break and 15 minute afternoon break
- Anatomy of the pelvic girdle
- Physiology of micturition
- Dysfunctions of the lower urinary tract
- Dysfunctions of the pelvic muscles
- Patient history examination
- Testing and treatment interventions for the patient with underactive pelvic floor muscle conditions.
- Urogynecologic surgeries
- Prevention of pelvic floor dysfunction
What is included:
- 16.5 contact hours of live instruction in webinar format with breakout sessions for group activities
- An electronic course manual, pre-reading assignments and additional handouts (12-month access)
- A live, virtual coffee-chat session during which course attendees can meet and mingle before the course starts
- 50-question multiple-choice exam and survey (30 days to complete after the course)
- Certificate of Completion (issued upon 80% or higher score on exam)
- FREE access to the Urogynecological Clinical Evaluation and Treatments, Level 1 (2.0 contact hours) online video course.
- Eligibility: You must be a Licensed Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant or 2nd/3rd Year Physical Therapy Student. No exceptions will be permitted.
- Prerequisites: None. However, we recommend students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course.
- Equipment: Computer, access to Zoom, a stable internet connection, microphone, and webcam.
- Advancement: You must complete PH1 PART I Lecture before advancing to PH2 Bowel Dysfunction PART I Lecture or PH2 Pelvic Pain PART I Lecture.
Grace Period between Webinar & Lab
2020-2021~ 24 Months COVID-19 exception
Previously, participants who would take the OB webinar course would have to take the OB lab course within 6-12 months. Due to COVID-19, the Academy has decided to make an exception for those who have registered for the OB webinars. Those who registered for OB webinars in 2020 and 2021 have 24 months to complete the associated OB lab course. The Academy’s objective is to support you in your education and CAPP-OB certification process.
- Excellent instructors and organization. All questions were answered with detail and clarification. Great team!
- Great intro to pelvic health physical therapy!
- I really liked the webinar capability. I thought it was easy to navigate and liked that you didn’t have to travel to the course. I also really enjoyed the breakout cases during the course and wish we could have done more of that to get different people’s input and put it all into perspective. But overall I thought it was a great course and am excited to take the lab and other levels.
- Excellent course! The instructors kept it interesting!
- The instructors were VERY knowledgeable and I liked that there were multiple instructors in this webinar. Case studies were nice when you broke down the class into groups to get more participation from all students.
- I loved this webinar format. It was very accommodating, easy to access, and I felt I was given a plethora of information!
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