This 3-day course provides practical, evidence-based knowledge and skill in physical therapy evaluation and intervention with the pregnant and postpartum patient. Didactic instruction includes: anatomical and physiologic changes in pregnancy; differential diagnosis in peri-partum; pregnancy-specific changes in posture and gait; postpartum recovery and scar tissue assessment and intervention; modalities during pregnancy, biomechanical strategies; exercise and wellness in pregnancy and postpartum; vaginal labor and delivery; and Cesarean Section and delivery complications. Additionally, advanced clinical decision making with these populations is discussed. Labs contain a maximum ratio of 8:1 participants to lab instructors to ensure valuable attention to each participant. Labs offer skills that are immediately applicable in your clinic and include: modifications of the pregnant examination; lumbopelvic examination and special tests (particularly for pelvic girdle dysfunctions); diastasis rectus abdominis assessment and intervention; external pelvic floor assessment and exercise (NO internal pelvic floor taught at this course); stabilization exercise in pregnancy and postpartum; Cesarean Section rehabilitation techniques; scar assessment and mobilization techniques; labor and delivery positioning strategies for labor augmentation and pain relief. At the end of this course, all participants will participate in comprehensive situational lab scenarios to pull together all skills learned. Skills integration testing is performed at the end of the third day.
Day 1: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Day 2: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Day 3: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Total: 24 Contact Hours
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:
1) Describe the anatomic and physiologic changes related to pregnancy and postpartum and how they affect evaluation and intervention.
2) Perform an appropriate evaluation of a pregnant or postpartum patient with musculoskeletal dysfunction or pain.
3) Assess for diastasis rectus abdominis with objective measurement skills.
4) Differentiate between musculoskeletal and medical diagnoses based on the subjective and objective evaluation of a pregnant or postpartum patient.
5) Differentiate between low back, pelvic girdle and hip pain/dysfunction.
6) Develop functional goals for musculoskeletal impairments in pregnancy and postpartum based on a systematic interview and examination of the patient.
7) Develop an evidence-based plan of care for physical therapy intervention of pregnant or postpartum patients with musculoskeletal impairments or dysfunction.
8) Perform selected manual therapy interventions for the treatment of pregnant and postpartum patient.
9) Prescribe an appropriate wellness exercise program for a variety of skill levels for a pregnant or postpartum client.
10) Provide consultation on labor and delivery positioning strategies to improve labor outcomes.
- Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course. Links to reading material are available on the left hand panel.
OPEN TO: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Student Physical Therapists in their final year of school.
PREPARE FOR COURSE: Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course. All pre-reading links are available in the course confirmation e-mail after registration.
ATTENDANCE: You will need to initial and submit this electronic Attendance Agreement form prior to your arrival at the course. Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of CEU certificate hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process will occur for participants who leave the course early.
LAB PARTICIPATION: Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate in labs as both "clinician" and "patient." These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants.