• Obstetric Physical Therapy: Physical Therapy Management of Pregnancy and Postpartum Musculoskeletal Dysfunction - July Offering

    • Date(s): July 27, 2018  –  July 29, 2018
    • Times:
    • *Registration and breakfast are 30 minutes before advertised start time.
    • Location:

      Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
      Assembly Rooms 1&2
      Jacksonville, FL  32216 

    This 3-day case-based course provides physical therapists (PTs) with comprehensive practical knowledge and skill in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction in the pregnant and postpartum patient. Cases covering low back and pelvic girdle pain, coccydynia, pubic symphysis separation, and transient osteoporosis in pregnancy will provide the clinician with extensive skill and knowledge for clinical decision making for this unique population. The course will also provide background in maternal physiology and anatomic changes of pregnancy and the postpartum period as well as the etiology and the pathophysiology of high-risk pregnancy and birth, diastasis recti abdominis, and perinatal pelvic floor dysfunction. Cases will include evidence for and psychomotor competency in manual therapy options for this population, exercise interventions, belts, supports and orthoses for this population, as well as discussion on indications and contraindications for physical agent usage during the childbearing year. Laboratory sessions will include internal rectal examination and treatment for coccydynia. Outcome measures will be discussed as they apply to the cases.

    Brooks Certificate of Academic Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (Brooks CAPP -OB):
    This course is designed to give the practicing clinician a comprehensive knowledge-base in obstetric physical therapy evaluation and treatment. Successful completion of testing will result in a Brooks Certificate of Academic Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (Brooks CAPP-OB).

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    1. Explain the normal process of labor and delivery.
    2. Describe the normal musculoskeletal and physiologic changes of pregnancy.
    3. Describe body mechanic techniques and dysfunctions specific positioning options for the pregnant client.
    1. Apply to patient care the pathophysiology of various obstetric musculoskeletal disorders commonly seen in this population.
    2. Practice and apply treatment interventions to the pregnant and postpartum client for these musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
    3. Develop appropriate home programs for clients with such musculoskeletal dysfunction.
    4. Utilize commonly known and evidence-based outcome measures for this population.
    5. Utilize current evidence for the interventions the participants discuss and practice

    Jill Schiff Boissonnault, PT, PhD, WCS

    Jill S. Boissonnault, PT, PhD, WCS is an associate professor at Shenandoah Univeristy, Physical Therapy Program where she teaches professional issues, women’s health, and research. She teaches continuing education seminars in women’s health physical therapy on musculoskeletal management of obstetrics clients and on pelvic floor dysfunction. Dr Boissonnault is a past president and founder of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health, a subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). She received her bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Illinois, her master’s in orthopedic physical therapy from Northwestern University, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in curriculum and instruction with a minor in women’s studies. She‘s held various leadership positions within the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including treasurer from1983–1989, vice president 1995–1999, and education director 2005–2006. In 2000, Dr Boissonnault was awarded the Elizabeth Noble Award; in 2006, the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Mentor of the Year Award, and APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award; and in 2011, WCPT’s International Service Award. She is the author of numerous professional articles and textbook chapters.

    Intended Audience:

    Physical Therapists and PT students in their final year may attend this course. Instruction in examination techniques and treatment skills is a key component of this course. Participants will be tested before, throughout, and after the course to demonstrate learning and obtain a course certificate.

    Participants should be prepared to learn and practice internal rectal examination and treatment for OB-related coccydynia. This includes serving as the patient as well as the therapist. If there is a need to opt out of this part of the course, kindly contact Brooks IHL prior to registering for the course.


    This course is approved for 25 contact hours (2.5 CEUs) by the following boards:

    • Florida Physical Therapy Association for Physical Therapists only

    Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details. If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email info@BrooksIHL.org and we will be happy to help clarify!

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