About the Course
Effective patient care requires a systematic approach.
Using the movement system framework allows you to quickly determine the primary movement problem as the physical therapist, which then leads to quicker decisions about what to do for your patient. Translation? Better, quicker patient outcomes and a more confident therapist!
This approach will be detailed in depth in this course using visuals, lecture, discussion, asynchronous activities, and movement videos to allow you to truly master the movement system. You will learn about the pelvic floor movement diagnoses, when to consider adjacent regions of the hip and spine, and how to apply these concepts for patients at any fitness level, including even higher level athletes.
- By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the history of pelvic floor/health diagnoses/categorization
- Discuss intra vs extra pelvic movement diagnoses
- Identify the pelvic floor muscle movement diagnoses and how to use the diagnosis to direct treatment
- Create a physical therapy (PT) diagnosis using consistent language in pelvic health physical therapy eval and treatment
- Understand how to incorporate movement diagnoses if internal pelvic floor exam is not possible
- Appreciate when to apply a differential diagnoses of hip and spine movement conditions
- Appreciate the need for symptom monitoring and secondary testing
- Consider the transition of a pelvic floor movement condition from initial activity level to high activity level activities.
Eligibility: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapy Students
Technology: Computer/PC with a stable internet connection
Theresa Monaco Spitznagle, PT DPT Board Certified in Women’s Health
Theresa “Tracy” Monaco Spitznagle, PT, DPT, MHS, Board-Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist, is currently a Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy and Coordinator of the Post-doctoral Physical Therapy Residency in Women’s Health at Washington University in St. Louis. A graduate of Marquette University, Dr. Spitznagle next earned her Master’s Degree in Health Science and her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). In the inaugural class of board certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialists (Board-Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist), she was recipient of the Section on Women’s Health Elizabeth Noble Award in 2011. She was also awarded the APTA Humanitarian award in 2018 and the Marquette University Alumni of the Year Award in 2019.
For the entry level doctoral program at WUSTL, Dr. Spitznagle teaches gender related health issues such as pregnancy, urinary incontinence, musculoskeletal pelvic pain, and osteoporosis. Her clinical practice also focuses on gender-related health, and she conducts research related to conditions associated with pelvic floor muscle impairments. Affiliations: Past Chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, Member of American Physical Therapy Association and Section on Women’s Health (SOWH), Chair of SOWH Diagnosis Dialog Task Force Committee, Past Education Director of SOWH.
Jennifer LaCross (Kurz) PT, DPT, ATC, CLT-LANA Board Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist
Jenny LaCross (Kurz) PT, DPT, ATC, CLT-LANA received her B.S. in Kinesiology-Athletic Training from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2011 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2014. Upon earning her doctorate, Jenny’s passion for women’s health care led her to complete a 15-month post-professional physical therapy residency in women’s and men’s health at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Centers for Rehab Services, where she also became a certified lymphedema therapist and clinical instructor. She received her Board Specialty Certification in Women’s Health Physical Therapy in 2016 from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She then completed a post-professional certificate program in Women’s Health Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University’s in May 2018, where she is also working on her PhD in Physical Therapy. She will be taking qualifying exams this spring. Her research interest is in the relationship between hip and pelvic floor function in active females across the lifespan. Jenny values service to the profession and has volunteered for the American Physical Therapy Association: Academy of Pelvic Health in numerous roles including chair of the clinical practice guideline on physical therapy management of constipation development team, assistant educational review committee chair, and item writer/ member of the specialized academy of content experts in women’s health.
Karla Wente, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist, CLT
Karla Wente is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Women’s Clinical Specialist, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis Program in Physical Therapy in 2013. She completed her Clinical Residency in Women’s Health with a focus on application of the movement system in 2014. She has practiced in private practice for most of her career throughout Chicagoland (her hometown), and has focused in evaluation and treatment of males, females, and children with pelvic health conditions. She also loves to treat orthopedic conditions from a movement system approach, and loves treating older adults. In addition to her pelvic floor specialization, she loves education and has served as the Educational Review Committee chair for the Academy of Pelvic Health, earning her Volunteer of the Year from the Academy at Combined Sections Meeting in 2020. She loves all things patient education, teaching, clinical instruction, and mentorship and has served in a variety of capacities in all of these roles. She has also recently started PhysioSage, which is dedicated to promoting physical therapists as patient educators.
When she is not geeking out about physical therapy, she loves to do yoga, write and make music (she plays 6 instruments!), go for long walks with her husband, and spend lots of time cuddling her two cats, Meeper and Sarabi.
Alexandria Uding, PT, DPT
Alex Uding is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis Program in Physical Therapy in 2015. She has practiced and coached for most of her career in Massachusetts, with an emphasis in the evaluation and treatment of female and male athletes. Alex’s personal experiences as an athlete and past struggles with injury and illness have made her passionate about bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance to promote health and wellness across the lifespan. As she gained experience in the orthopedic and sports sector of physical therapy and performance training, she couldn’t deny the connection the pelvic health has on the movement system. This connection expanded her special interests in orthopedic and sports rehab into pelvic health as well. She is always seeking how to better provide well-rounded, person-centered care to promote health literacy and healthy living.