Pelvic floor dysfunction- Assessment & management for Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists- An ISOMT Update

Course Overview

Pelvic floor dysfunction is an under reported and under diagnosed issue that will impact a majority of people at some point in their life. The prevalence of Urinary Incontinence increases with age and is estimated to impact 50 -85% of elderly living in long-term care facilities. It significantly decreases quality of life, and is a risk factor for falls, but unfortunately many people do not report it and many healthcare professionals are not prepared to address the issue. People who experience pelvic pain often wait year to get an accurate diagnosis and referral to a pelvic floor specialist.

The muscles of the pelvic floor are like most muscles, but have unique functions of supporting the urinary, reproductive, and gastrointestinal systems in addition to providing tensile force that supports lumbo- pelvic stability.

This four-hour live interactive beginner level course with Dr. Digwood will prepare you to provide education, evaluation and interventions to diagnosis and treat pelvic floor dysfunction. The course is live through Zoom platform. All written materials, full course video recordings for lifetime access, and Course Certificate will be given. 


Course Objectives : 


  1. Describe and understand the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor and pelvis
  2. Describe the role of the pelvic floor muscles in supporting lumbopelvic, urinary, reproductive, and gastrointestinal health
  3. Describe the most common types of incontinence and list how physical therapy can impact each
  4. Describe common pelvic floor pain issues and list how physical therapy can impact each
  5. Screen for pelvic floor as a primary pathology or secondary component in clients with hip and low back pathologies
  6. Appropriately incorporate the pelvic floor into history and physical exam during evaluations. Identify red flags that warrant a referral back to the physician
  7. List the signs and symptoms of a hypotonic or hypertonic pelvic floor, and when to refer to a specialist who can do an internal examination for further diagnosis
  8. Demonstrate effective beginner level pelvic floor evaluation and retraining techniques
  9. Identify visual and palpable indications of a correct pelvic floor contraction.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of the current epidemiology of pelvic floor dysfunction in those with low back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction.


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Meet your Instructors

Dr. Kristen (Kwiatkowski) Digwood
PT, DPT, CAPP Pelvic Rehab (APTA)