This course will provide a gender inclusive overview of how pelvic floor function and dysfunction may influence the treatment and education of patient in an orthopedic population. Anatomy and pathology of the pelvic floor will be investigated as it relates to neuromuscular symptoms of the spine, pelvis, and extremities. Biomechanical principles and comprehensive treatment modifications will be discussed for maximum pelvic floor function, stability, and safety in exercises and functional activities. The clinician will learn how to incorporate the core and pelvic floor muscles into existing orthopedic treatment programs. There is no internal lab performed in this course.
This course is not meant to replace pelvic health education required to become a pelvic health specialist.
Participants will be able to identify the pelic floor muscles and physiology related to proper funtion
Participants will be able to externally palpate landmarks in the pelvis and abdomen related to pelvic floor evaluation
Participants will be able to identify pelvic floor dysfuntions that require modifications to exercise programes in orthopedic practice.
Particpants will be able to discuss how lumbar spine and SI diagnoises can impact pelvic floor dysfuntion.
Pelvic Floor Considerations for the Orthopedic Physical Therapist
8:00 Introduction- -Goals and Objectives
8:30 Do we need to consider the pelvic floor?
9:00 Pelvic floor/abdominal anatomy and function, cues and recruitment
10:15 LAB 1: pelvic floor/ transverse abdominis palpation and recruitment lab
10:45 What an internal pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation looks like and
11:15 Dysfunctions of the pelvic floor and why you need to know about them
12:45 Spinal considerations and the pelvic floor
1:00 SI and coccyx considerations and the pelvic floor
1:15 Hip considerations and the pelvic floor
1:30 LAB 2: Orthopedic practice
1:45 Pregnancy and menopause considerations
2:15 LAB 3: diastasis recti assessment and closure technique
2:45 LAB 4: functional pelvic bracing
3:00 TREATMENT: roll for control, yoga for pelvic floor, nerve glide
3:45 Questions and wrap up
Tina FitzGerald PT, PRPC, CSCS
|Tina FitzGerald PT, PRPC, CSCS||
Tina FitzGerald PT, PRPC, CSCS has 30 years of experience, with the majority of her career specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor, abdominal, and SI dysfunction and rehabilitation. Tina is currently employed by the University of Michigan and is the team lead treating and educating athletes, transgender population, and orthopedic patients concerning their pelvic floor support.