Pelvic Health

Physical Therapy Level 1

The Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 (PH1) course is a 3-day live event focusing on the basic skills necessary to treat patients with pelvic health dysfunction with primary emphasis on under active pelvic floor muscle conditions. The focus of the labs will be on external and internal vaginal examination. The student-to-teacher ratio will be set to ensure adequate supervision during the labs. Lectures will cover anatomy of the pelvic girdle, physiology of micturition, dysfunctions of the lower urinary tract and pelvic muscles as well as patient history examination, and testing and treatment interventions for the patient with under active pelvic floor muscle conditions. Urogynecologic surgeries,medication, prevention of pelvic floor dysfunction and documentation will also be discussed.

The Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course is recognized by The International Continence Society (ICS) as providing training that conforms to ICS standards. When you enroll for the Level 1 course, you also get complementary access to the Urogynecological Clinical Evaluation and Treatments, Level 1 (2.0 contact hours) online video course.

Course Hours

Day 1: 7:30 am–5:45 pm
Day 2: 7:30 am–5:30 am
Day 3: 7:30 am–3:00 pm

Morning and afternoon beverages and snacks will be provided during each day during designated break times.*

Contact Hours

  • 23 Contact Hours
  • 12.75 hours of evaluative content (direct access)
  • Internal/external lab and lecture activities included

Course Eligibility

You must be a Licensed Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant or 2nd/3rd Year Physical Therapy Student. No exceptions will be permitted.

Contact Hours

  • 23 Contact Hours
  • 12.75 hours of evaluative content (direct access)
  • Internal/external lab and lecture activities included

Prerequisites

None. However, we recommend students have some orthopedic/musculoskeletal coursework in their curriculum prior to attending the course

Assignments
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.

Lab Participation & Consent

Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process (for those attending CAPP courses) will occur for participants who leave the course early. Participants will be working in groups of 2 during labs. This course includes extensive labs with intra-vaginal & intra-rectal assessment & examination. The Consent & Release Form must be filled out and turned in to the instructor on Day 1 of the course (this form is provided on-site). If the course participant does not turn in the completed form on Day 1, he/she will not be permitted to take the course. All participants must participate in labs as both “therapist” & “patient.” Participants who cannot participate as lab subjects are required to provide their own lab partners. Failure to participate as a lab subject, or to provide required lab partner if needed, will result in forfeiture of course completion and registration costs. If you are not sure whether you need a medical model or if you are unfamiliar with the process of obtaining a medical model, please read: Medical Models for Internal Pelvic Assessment.pdf. Participants that MUST provide their own lab partners include (but are not limited to):

  • ALL Male participants
  • Pregnant women (except with written physician permission for FULL participation)
  • Active vaginal infections
  • Active STD or herpes lesions
  • Active bladder or rectal infections
  • Severe pelvic/vaginal/rectal pain that inhibits examination
  • Lack of prior vaginal exam by a physician
  • Active OB/GYN cancer

Pricing & Registration

DatesLocationEarly-Bird Rate Ends:Regular Rate Begins:Registration
March 27-29, 2020Chicago, IL02/26/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
02/27/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
REGISTER
April 3-5, 2020Philadelphia, PA03/02/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
03/03/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
REGISTER
April 24-26, 2020To Be Determined03/23/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
03/24/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
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May 15-17, 2020Portland, OR04/15/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
04/16/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
REGISTER
May 29-31, 2020To Be Determined04/28/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
04/29/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
Coming Soon
June 5-7, 2020To Be Determined05/04/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
05/05/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
Coming Soon
July 10-12, 2020Conway, AR06/09/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
06/10/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
REGISTER
July 31-August 2, 2020Baltimore, MD06/29/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
06/30/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
REGISTER
August 28-30, 2020St. Louis, MO07/28/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
07/29/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
REGISTER
September 25-27, 2020To Be Determined08/24/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
08/25/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
Coming Soon
October 23-25, 2020Longmont, CO09/22/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
09/23/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
Coming Soon
November 1-3, 2020Tokyo, JapanInternationalInternationalInternational
November 6-8, 2020To Be Determined10/05/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
10/06/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
Coming Soon
December 4-6, 2020Houston, TX11/3/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
11/4/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
REGISTER
December 12-14, 2020Chicago, IL11/11/2020
Member: $750
Non-M: $850
11/12/2020
Member: $825
Non-M: $925
Coming Soon

Learning Center

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Course Objectives

What you will accomplish during this course.

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
9.  Differentiate between under active pelvic floor muscles and overactive pelvic floor muscles.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of bladder tests and measurements (bladder diary, urodynamic testing, pad testing, etc.) that are used in the process of differential diagnosis.
11. 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.
12. Explain red flags related to treatment of the pelvic floor and understand when to refer to another healthcare provider.
13. Understand urogynecologic surgeries and their effect on prognosis and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
14. 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
15.  Explain the effects of pelvic floor under activity and proper technique of pelvic muscle exercises for rehabilitative purposes.
16. Explain the relationship between the abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor muscles as they relate to activities of daily living.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Describe techniques that can be used to train (retrain) the bladder and when each intervention might be used.

Foreign-Educated Physical Therapists

English Language Proficiency

If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to APHPT for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.

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Take One Step Further.

Obtain the CAPP-Pelvic Certificate.

The Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy is an optional route if you wish to take the next level in your career. The Academy of Pelvic health physical Therapy developed the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) to certify that a physical therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training, and testing program for the management of patients with diagnoses of pelvic health dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.  The CAPP is awarded to physical therapists who complete four courses of training in pelvic physical therapy (Level 1, Level 2 Pelvic Pain, Level 2 Bowel Dysfunction, Level 3), pass written and clinical testing requirements at each level, and successfully complete a written case report.

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