Tackling Sacroiliac and Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction (SIJ)
This 1-day LIVE WEBINAR course provides an excellent foundation for understanding, effectively diagnosing and treating people with sacroiliac dysfunction and pelvic girdle pain. Literature is reviewed and an evidenced based approached is emphasized. Topics include anatomy and biomechanics, diagnosis including special tests literature review, current recommendations, pregnancy and postpartum considerations and interventions. The Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method ℠ (PGM Method℠), developed by Deborah Riczo, is presented and evidence to support this simplified yet comprehensive approach is reviewed and practiced with dedicated lab time. Specific self-pelvic balancing exercises are introduced and practiced, and patient handouts are included. Course consists of lecture, group discussion/activities, and video (including specific patient video) and is interactive in nature. You will develop quick screening tools that are clinically applicable and a simplified treatment approach for sacroiliac/pelvic girdle dysfunction that can be readily used “on Monday morning” after the course.
Online Pre-reading Assignment: 1 hour *must complete before attending the webinar*
Day 1: 8:00am – 4:00 pm EST (please make sure to login at 7:45am for attendance roll call)
Total Contact Hours: 7.5 hrs
Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, 3rd Year Physical Therapist Students.
About the Instructor
Deborah Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd authored “Sacroiliac Pain, Understanding the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method” in 2018 and “Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum; find relief using the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method” in 2020, both published by OPTP, Minn. She developed the “Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method SM (PGM MethodSM) and has been teaching continuing education courses on this subject since 2011. She presented this topic at APTA’s CSM New Orleans conference 2018, and at the Ohio Annual Conference in 2019. She served as adjunct faculty at Cleveland State University (CSU) DPT program and is now guest speaker for pelvic girdle/sacroiliac dysfunction and other areas. Deborah instructed her first international course to physical therapists in the Dominican Republic on this subject in 2020. She has been an active member of the APTA for over 35 years, and currently serving as Director for the Ohio Physical Therapy Association since 2018. She has been a practicing physical therapist for over 35 years, most of which has been spent in clinical practice at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. She is the president of Riczo Health Education, which she founded in 2011.
“Deborah did a great job! She provided clear instruction, with good background material and good clinical feedback. Especially considering the new webinar format, I was very satisfied with this course.” – SIJ Online Participant, May 9, 2020
“Knowledgeable about topic and interesting approach to an area that needs reliable assessment.” – SIJ Online Participant, May 9, 2020
“Deborah was great. It was fantastic to have her highly experienced and knowledgeable input regarding pelvic girdle management.” – SIJ Webinar Participant, May 9, 2020
“Great instructor and love the clinical application/treatment options for patients. Very clear presentation.” – SIJ Webinar Participant, May 9, 2020
“Loved having patient exercise handouts immediately available. I really liked the online format and would love to see more one day courses for appropriate topics. I really felt like I learned an actionable amount of info without getting overwhelmed by a full 3 day course.” – SIJ Webinar Participant, May 9, 2020
“Deborah did great communicating the information across and keeping the participants interested. I like that she asked the group how they wanted the course to go.” – SIJ Garfield Heights, OH Participant
“Enjoyed the course and really felt like I could address SI better!” – SIJ Columbus, OH Participant
“The instructor was very pleasant and professional.”– SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant
“I thought the instructor did an excellent job. She was very thorough , clear and approachable. She did a nice job of getting participants involved by encouraging them to comment on what they have seen and what treatments work for them.” – SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant
“The instructor did an excellent job presenting. She was very knowledgeable and encouraged participants to interact and share knowledge.” – SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant
Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in or complete the course will occur if you arrive late/leave early.
Lab Participation: No lab work however there will be group discussions and activities during the webinar course as determined by the Instructor.
Webinar Technology Requirements:
- PC/Laptop/Mobile Phone
- Internet Connection (Wi-Fi or Wired Internet)
- Microphone (you can mute/unmute yourself)
- Webcam (if you want others to see you online)
- No background noise (try to sit in a quiet room)
- You will be muted upon entry but you can unmute yourself when you wish to contribute to the conversation or ask a question!
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:
- Appreciate the musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvic girdle and what structures are commonly involved in dysfunction.
- Identify and palpate externally key bony landmarks, muscles and ligaments of the pelvic girdle that commonly are involved in sacroiliac dysfunction.
- Discuss the current evidence supporting the use of movement based and static symmetry special tests for diagnosing sacroiliac dysfunction
- Identify the current recommended special tests for sacroiliac dysfunction and four special tests used in the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method ℠ (PGM Method℠) and demonstrate confidence in performing these tests.
- Demonstrate confidence in instructing specific self-balancing exercises used in the PGM Method℠ and understand progressions to core strengthening and considerations for pregnancy and postpartum.
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.