Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy

2-Part Hybrid Course

About the Course

Part 1  | Live Webinar

This didactic webinar provides practical, evidence-based knowledge and skill in physical therapy evaluation and intervention with the pregnant and postpartum patient. Instruction includes: anatomical and physiologic changes in pregnancy; differential diagnosis in peri-partum; pregnancy-specific changes in posture and gait; postpartum recovery and scar tissue assessment and intervention; modalities during pregnancy, biomechanical strategies; exercise and wellness in pregnancy and postpartum. Additionally, advanced clinical decision making with these populations is discussed.

Part 2 | Face-to-Face Lab

Labs offer skills that are immediately applicable in your clinic and include: modifications of the pregnant examination; lumbopelvic examination and special tests (particularly for pelvic girdle dysfunctions); diastasis rectus abdominis assessment and intervention; external pelvic floor assessment and exercise (NO internal pelvic floor taught at this course); exercise in pregnancy and postpartum; scar assessment and mobilization techniques. All participants will participate in comprehensive situational lab scenarios to integrate all of their learned skills. Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate in labs as both “clinician” and “patient.” These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants. All participants will be required to complete the Consent & Release form on the lab course day (forms will be available on-site).

  • 24 contact hours that can be applied toward your CEUs
    • 16contact hours of Webinar (Part 1)
    • 8 contact hours of In-Person Lab (Part 2)
  • An electronic course manual, pre-reading assignments and additional handouts (12-month access)
  • A copy of lab Manual will be provided during the In-Person Lab
  • 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)
  • ligibility
    Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, 2nd Year and 3rd Year Student Physical Therapists. We recommend students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course.Prereadings
    Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants for completion prior to the course. An electronic lecture manual will be provided in the online Learning Center along with the post-course final exam, survey and a Course Completion.  A printed lab manual will be provided on-site.Prerequisites and Advancement Requirement
    You can take the three obstetric physical therapy courses in ANY order: Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy and Intrapartum Topics of Obstetric Physical Therapy. Fundamental Topics is NOT a prerequisite for Advanced Topics, you can take either one in any order. You are required to take the Part 1 (Webinar course) BEFORE proceeding to Part 2 (Lab course). If you are completing the CAPP-OB certificate track, you must take ALL OBF, OBA, OBI webinars and labs in order to become eligible for the CAPP-OB. Learn more about the CAPP-OB certificate program.

Daily Schedule

  • Day 1: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST/US)
  • Day 2: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST/US)
  • Breaks are included: 15 min Morning break, 1 hour lunch break and 15 minute afternoon break
Topics and skills covered include:
  • Pathophysiology
  • EMG relaxation training
  • Male patient rectal examination
  • Introduction to rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI)
  • Physical therapy evaluation and intervention of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) in male patients
  • Pediatric populations
  • Geriatric populations
  • Neurologic patients
  • Changes in the pelvic organs throughout the life cycle
  • Interdisciplinary treatment of pelvic dysfunction
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Integration of skills acquired at all CAPP Pelvic courses
Included
  • 24 contact hours that can be applied toward your CEUs
    • 16contact hours of Webinar (Part 1)
    • 8 contact hours of In-Person Lab (Part 2)
  • An electronic course manual, pre-reading assignments and additional handouts (12-month access)
  • A copy of lab Manual will be provided during the In-Person Lab
  • 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)
Required
  • ligibility
    Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, 2nd Year and 3rd Year Student Physical Therapists. We recommend students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course.Prereadings
    Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants for completion prior to the course. An electronic lecture manual will be provided in the online Learning Center along with the post-course final exam, survey and a Course Completion.  A printed lab manual will be provided on-site.Prerequisites and Advancement Requirement
    You can take the three obstetric physical therapy courses in ANY order: Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy and Intrapartum Topics of Obstetric Physical Therapy. Fundamental Topics is NOT a prerequisite for Advanced Topics, you can take either one in any order. You are required to take the Part 1 (Webinar course) BEFORE proceeding to Part 2 (Lab course). If you are completing the CAPP-OB certificate track, you must take ALL OBF, OBA, OBI webinars and labs in order to become eligible for the CAPP-OB. Learn more about the CAPP-OB certificate program.
Schedule

Daily Schedule

  • Day 1: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST/US)
  • Day 2: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST/US)
  • Breaks are included: 15 min Morning break, 1 hour lunch break and 15 minute afternoon break
Topics and skills covered include:
  • Pathophysiology
  • EMG relaxation training
  • Male patient rectal examination
  • Introduction to rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI)
  • Physical therapy evaluation and intervention of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) in male patients
  • Pediatric populations
  • Geriatric populations
  • Neurologic patients
  • Changes in the pelvic organs throughout the life cycle
  • Interdisciplinary treatment of pelvic dysfunction
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Integration of skills acquired at all CAPP Pelvic courses
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Course Objectives

Upon completion of the Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy course, you will:

  1. Describe the anatomic and physiologic changes related to pregnancy and postpartum and how they affect evaluation and intervention.
  2. Perform an appropriate evaluation of a pregnant or postpartum patient with musculoskeletal dysfunction or pain.
  3. Assess for diastasis rectus abdominis with objective measurement skills
  1. Differentiate between musculoskeletal and medical diagnoses based on the subjective and objective evaluation of a pregnant or postpartum patient.
  2. Differentiate between low back, pelvic girdle and hip pain/dysfunction.
  3. Develop functional goals for musculoskeletal impairments in pregnancy and postpartum based on a systematic interview and examination of the patient.
  1. Develop an evidence-based plan of care for physical therapy intervention of pregnant or postpartum patients with musculoskeletal impairments or dysfunction.
  2. Perform selected manual therapy interventions for the treatment of pregnant and postpartum patient.
  3. Prescribe an appropriate wellness exercise program for a variety of skill levels for a pregnant or postpartum client.
Examination/Evaluation
  1. Describe the anatomic and physiologic changes related to pregnancy and postpartum and how they affect evaluation and intervention.
  2. Perform an appropriate evaluation of a pregnant or postpartum patient with musculoskeletal dysfunction or pain.
  3. Assess for diastasis rectus abdominis with objective measurement skills
Diagnosis/Prognosis
  1. Differentiate between musculoskeletal and medical diagnoses based on the subjective and objective evaluation of a pregnant or postpartum patient.
  2. Differentiate between low back, pelvic girdle and hip pain/dysfunction.
  3. Develop functional goals for musculoskeletal impairments in pregnancy and postpartum based on a systematic interview and examination of the patient.
Intervention
  1. Develop an evidence-based plan of care for physical therapy intervention of pregnant or postpartum patients with musculoskeletal impairments or dysfunction.
  2. Perform selected manual therapy interventions for the treatment of pregnant and postpartum patient.
  3. Prescribe an appropriate wellness exercise program for a variety of skill levels for a pregnant or postpartum client.

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