Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2

Bowel Dysfunction and Pelvic Pain

Approx. 34-35 Total Contact Hours | Continuing Education

Course Description

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 is comprised of 2 webinar lecture courses and 1 comprehensive combined in-person lab course. All are required to advance to the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3 course. The Level 2 requirements include: 

  • Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 Bowel Dysfunction Webinar Lecture (15 Contact Hours)
  • Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 Pelvic Pain Webinar Lecture (13.25 Contact Hours)
  • Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 Combined In-Person Lab (8.5 Contact Hours)

In order to advance to Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3 course, you must complete and successfully pass all three above required courses. The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy is offering the PH2 courses in a variety of formats to accommodate different learning styles. As an additional arrangement from the above, the Academy is offering a few 100% in-person combined courses where you can complete both lecture courses and the combined lab in one weekend/week. The Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 course is recognized by The International Continence Society (ICS) as providing training that conforms to ICS standards.

Requirements: You must be a Licensed Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant or a 2nd Year or 3rd Year Student Physical Therapist. It is recommended that students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course. Those who want to complete the PART II Lab must take the associated PART I Lecture prior to attending the lab. For PART II (in-person lab), attendees are expected to participate in intra-vaginal & intra-rectal assessments and examinations. Attendees who cannot participate as lab subjects are required to provide their own lab partners or lab models. See guidelines for model use.

Associated Certification: This course is part of the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy certification program.

2022 Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2

Bowel Dysfunction (PH2BD)

This webinar lecture offers the physical therapy professional lectures on anatomy, pathophysiology and physical therapy evaluation/treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction-related bowel dysfunction. Concepts of pelvic floor muscle motor control training, rectal balloon training, coccygeal mobilization, and clinical application of modalities will be reviewed. This course include breakout session activities where you will be able to interact with the instructors and fellow course participants. Contact hours: 13.5

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

Examination / Evaluation

  1. Describe the anatomic, physiologic and neurological components of defecation and dysfunctional defecation.
  2. Perform an appropriate evaluation of a patient with bowel disorder diagnoses to include fecal and anal incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and obstructed defecation.
  3. Demonstrate ability to perform rectal pelvic floor muscle examination for patients with bowel dysfunction.
  4. Assess coccygeal function and joint mechanics for patients with pelvic pain or bowel dysfunction.

Diagnosis / Prognosis

  1. Differentiate between musculoskeletal impairments related to bowel dysfunction and signs and symptoms associated with non-musculoskeletal pathology requiring further medical examination.
  2. Develop functional goals for musculoskeletal impairments identified in patients with bowel disorders based on a systematic interview and examination of the patient.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of colon and anorectal function testing for bowel disorders.

Intervention

  1. Develop an evidence-based and appropriate plan of care for physical therapy intervention of musculoskeletal impairments for patients with bowel dysfunction.
  2. Perform manual myofascial release techniques, trigger point release techniques, coccyx mobilization for the treatment of patients with bowel dysfunction.
  3. Describe and perform appropriate clinical application of surface electromyographic (sEMG) biofeedback for bowel dysfunction diagnoses.
  4. Describe and perform appropriate clinical application of digital rectal biofeedback and rectal balloon biofeedback as an intervention for patients with bowel dysfunction.
  5. Provide behavioral intervention strategies to improve bowel function such as diet, lifestyle changes, and proper toileting techniques and posture.

PH2 Bowel Dysfunction Upcoming Lectures

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Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2

Pelvic Pain (PH2PP)

This webinar lecture provides the physical therapy professional lectures on clinically relevant information and training in the examination, evaluation and intervention of female pelvic pain, anatomy, pathophysiology and physical therapy evaluation/treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction related to pelvic pain in the female patient. Basic concepts of myofascial release, female sexual response and sexual dysfunction, and clinical application of modalities will be reviewed as well. Clinical decision-making and an integration of skills acquired in the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 (PH1) course will be included. Contact hours: 13.25

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

Examination / Evaluation

  1. Describe the anatomic, physiologic and neurological components of pelvic pain diagnoses.
  2. Perform an appropriate evaluation of a patient with pelvic pain diagnoses to include pudendal neuralgia, vulvodynia, vaginismus, painful bladder syndrome, endometriosis and coccydynia.
  3. Demonstrate ability to perform a vaginal pelvic floor muscle examination for patients with pelvic pain diagnoses.
  4. Describe the female sexual response and demonstrate understanding of sexual dysfunction.

Diagnosis / Prognosis

  1. Differentiate between musculoskeletal impairments related to pelvic pain and signs and symptoms associated with non-musculoskeletal pathology requiring further medical examination.
  2. Develop functional goals for musculoskeletal impairments identified in patients with pelvic pain based on a systematic interview and examination of the patient.

Intervention

  1. Develop an evidence-based and appropriate plan of care for physical therapy intervention of musculoskeletal impairments for patients with pelvic pain.
  2. Perform manual myofascial release techniques, trigger point release techniques and abdominopelvic interventions for the treatment of patients with pelvic pain.
  3. Describe appropriate clinical application of modalities for pelvic pain diagnoses.
  4. Perform external manual therapy techniques and rigid taping techniques to address pain and dysfunction related to the coccyx.
  5. Provide behavioral intervention strategies to manage pelvic pain including lifestyle changes, diet, and proper posture.

PH2 Pelvic Pain Upcoming Lectures

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Upcoming PH2 Combined Labs

Prerequisite: You must take and successfully pass BOTH PH2 Bowel Dysfunction Lecture webinar AND PH2 Pelvic Pain Lecture webinar courses PRIOR to attending the PH2 Combined Lab. You will be assessed on the knowledge and skills you learn from both courses in this one comprehensive combined lab course. This combined lab course offers the physical therapy professional skills immediately applicable in the clinic and include complete internal vaginal pelvic floor, internal rectal pelvic floor muscle and external abdominopelvic examination and treatment techniques. Clinical decision-making and an integration of skills and knowledge acquired at Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 (lecture and lab), Level 2 Bowel Dysfunction (webinar) and Level 2 Pelvic Pain (webinar) will be included. You must complete both PH2 Bowel Dysfunction and PH2 Pelvic Pain webinars prior to registering for this PART II combined lab course. We will cover the following topics during the lab activities: infection control, rectal exam, biofeedback, balloon lecture/hands-on lab, pelvic manual therapy lab, summative skills assessment and more. Contact hours: 8.5 hours

Covid Protocols

The Academy provides Continuing Education across the Country and for everyone’s safety, we ask that you are either Vaccinated or provide a Negative COVID-19 test within 72 hrs of the course date.

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Register for PH2 Bowel Dysfunction Lecture + Lab

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Do not prefer to take the online lecture or lecture/lab separately from one another? Register for our 100% in-person Lecture and Lab.

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Register for PH2 Pelvic Pain Lecture + Lab 

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Do not prefer to take the online lecture or lecture/lab separately from one another? Register for our 100% in-person Lecture and Lab.

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