Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Identifying, Screening, and Referring
1 hour presentation – Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is an umbrella term for several different diagnoses. Physical therapists who are aware of how the pelvic floor is closely related to the spine and hips are better equipped to fully address their patients’ complaints. Pelvic floor physical therapists are able to treat the entire musculoskeletal system and also address pelvic health issues such as bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction. Many quality of life issues that are frequently treated by pelvic floor physical therapists may be missed during an initial evaluation purely due to clinicians’ lack of knowing how to screen for them.
1. Clinicians will know what Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) consists of
2. Clinicians will be able to ask questions appropriately during an initial evaluation to screen for PFD
3. Clinicians will know which questions to ask patients to help identify possible PFD
4. Clinicians will know how to make an appropriate referral for a pelvic health specialist
5. Clinicians will know how to provide basic patient education on PFDs to help patients understand when to seek a specialist