Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 (PH1)

20+Total Contact Hours | Continuing Education

Course Description

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

PART II (in-person lab) offers the physical therapy professional to apply knowledge obtained from PART I (Lecture) in a face-to-face lab course with hands-on activities including external and internal vaginal examinations. Attendees will work in groups of 2-3 as both clinicians and patients. Attendees must have completed the PART I prior to registering and attending for the PART II course. Contact hours: 9.25

PART I + PART II COMBNED (entire course is in-person) offers the physical therapy professional to both learn and apply 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. Attendees will work in groups of 2-3 as both clinicians and patients. Contact hours: 23.5

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.

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of both PARTS I & II, the learner will:

Examination / Evaluation

  1. Identify and examine the anatomy of the pelvic girdle
  2. Describe the function of the lower urinary tract and female pelvic organs.
  3. Demonstrate proper infection control techniques involved in pelvic floor muscle examination.
  4. Perform an external evaluation of the female genitalia verbally identifying bones, ligaments,muscles and other structures.
  5. Perform an internal pelvic examination identifying muscles, ligaments, bony prominences with identification of pelvic floor muscle origins and insertions.
  6. Demonstrate proper technique in testing muscle strength of the levator ani muscles.
  7. Demonstrate proper technique in testing for pelvic organ prolapse.
  8. Demonstrate proper use of handheld EMG biofeedback to assess pelvic floor musculature.

Diagnosis / Prognosis

  1. Differentiate between under active pelvic floor muscles and overactive pelvic floor muscles.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of bladder tests and measurements (bladder diary, urodynamic testing, pad testing, etc.) that are used in the process of differential diagnosis.
  3. 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.
  4. Explain red flags related to treatment of the pelvic floor and understand when to refer to another healthcare provider.
  5. Understand urogynecologic surgeries and their effect on prognosis and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
  6. 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.

Intervention

  1. Explain the effects of pelvic floor under activity and proper technique of pelvic muscle exercises for rehabilitative purposes.
  2. Explain the relationship between the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles as they relate to activities of daily living.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Describe techniques that can be used to train (retrain) the bladder and when each intervention might be used.

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Pair with PART II Lab

HOST-IMPOSED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
The Academy hosts may of its courses at hospitals, outpatient clinics and universities. All host venues, cities and states set their own restrictions and mask mandates. The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy adheres to the host venue regulations and will do its best to communicate with course attendees about such restrictions. If you have registered for an upcoming in-person course, please check your email inbox regularly for the latest restrictions and rules. Some host venues require proof of vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 test while others only require for you to wear a mask. Restrictions and regulations vary by host venue, city and state. If unsure about your upcoming course’s regulations, please contact us at hello@aptapelvichealth.org.

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