Online Home Study Courses
The following courses below provide electronic course materials (modules, handouts, exam, and certificate upon successful passing of exam) upon registration sent to participants via e-mail. Participants receive a purchase confirmation along followed by an e-mail with log-in access details from the Section on Women’s Health. If you experience log-in or registration issues, please contact SOWH Program Manager.
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*NEW* Lymphedema Management in Women’s Health PT
Debora Chasse, MPT, DPT, WCS, CLT-LANA
Lymphedema Management in Women´s Health Physical Therapy is a home study module developed for the physical therapist who would like to learn more about lymphedema as well as prepare for the lymphedema portion of Women´s Health Clinical Specialist exam. Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) has been used universally to treat lymphedema since the 1800´s. The well-known Foldi Clinic is located in Germany and in the 1990´s CDT was brought to America to train practitioners. You will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system, lymphedema diagnoses, differential diagnoses and the phases and steps involved in CDT. The book takes you through the physical therapy initial evaluation for lymphedema following the guidelines for specialty practice. It also contains many case studies designed to enhance your application of CDT. CDT has many concepts and procedures that will additionally help patients with inflammation,? autoimmune disorders and pain. It is a must for all physical therapist.
The Anatomy and Physiology of Intra-abdominal Pressure
Ross McClung, PhD and Ann Dunbar PT, MS
A growing body of research continues to elucidate the role of intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) in trunk stabilization. Where IAP may lead to secondary medical problems (e.g. obesity causing secondary IAP contributing to gastroesophageal reflux disease, urinary incontinence, and increased pleural pressure), it also has a role in stabilizing the trunk and reducing spinal loading. The Home Study begins with a live dissection review of the anatomical structures that contribute to IAP and is followed by a lecture discussing the relationship of IAP to other physiological processes and health states such as respiration, obesity, and pregnancy. The scientific basis for spine stabilization will be reviewed. Clinical application enhancing the function of core stabilizers will be briefly presented.
Contact Hours: 1.5 | Individuals must apply for CEU approval in their own states.
PT Management of Patients with Chronic Pelvic Pain
Karen Abraham, PT, PhD, OCS
Laura Scheufele, PT, BCIA-PMDB
This downloadable online course provides a comprehensive introduction to physical therapy management of patients with chronic pelvic pain (CPP). This self-study module provides an overview of the pathology of CPP and common examination and intervention strategies for the management of these patients. The most recent evidence is presented along with “clinical pearls” based on the authors’ clinical experiences. Patient cases and a brief assessment are provided to facilitate application of the material to clinical practice.
PT Management for Osteoporosis: Prevention & Management
Carleen Lindsey, PT, MScAH, GCS, CEEAA and Nancey Johnson Bookstein, PT, EdD
This downloadable home study module is intended to give therapists a practical approach to comprehensive problem solving for the patient who presents with low bone density, and often a kyphosis, forward head, and protracted shoulder girdle. Skeletal anatomy and physiology as well as bone strength measurement strategies are presented. The scientific basis for current pharmacological treatment is discussed as well as surgical approaches for treating vertebral fractures. Evaluation and treatment planning are covered in great detail. Physical therapy interventions feature postural and resistance exercises, activities of daily living as exercise, and also some manual therapies. This course has been designed for the therapist to immediately apply the information in the clinical setting to patients with kyphosis, osteoporosis, and/or postural restrictions. The appendix section includes a large number of print-ready exercise interventions.
Rebecca Stephenson, PT
This is a downloadable online home study module that aims to assist the practitioner who needs additional information on the basics needed to treat pregnant women. This home study covers anatomy, physiology, examination and treatment. Topics include: contraindications to exercise during pregnancy, examination strategies, Vena Cava syndrome, biomechanics of pregnancy, identifying treatment strategies for musculoskeletal dysfunctions, differentiating between low back and SIJ pain, and nerve palsies.
This 2 ½ hour downloadable online home study course is intended to give the practicing physical therapists a working knowledge of surface electromyography (SEMG) instrumentation. Quality treatment of patient with pelvic dysfunction requires a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and many treatment modalities. SEMG is only one part of a complete treatment. However, incomplete knowledge of SEMG can result in poor or incorrect application, interpretation, or treatments. Strong knowledge of instrumentation will enhance the quality of SEMG treatments and patient outcomes. This material will describe basic concepts applicable to all forms of SEMG. It is intended to familiarize the reader with basic SEMG instrumentation concepts. Fundamentals of electronics and definitions of important terms pertaining to components of instrumentation and other components and their effects in the recording environment are presented. The goal is to present the reader with essential terms and enough information to be able to identify noise and artifacts in clinical situations, and, to assist in scrutinizing research papers with increased rigor. This module is necessary to complete the didactic education for the BCIA pelvic muscle dysfunction certificate.
Contact Hours: 3 | Individuals must apply for CEU approval in their own states.
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Medical Management & PT Management of High-Risk Pregnancy
This downloadable online course is designed to provide an overview of the common medical conditions that place a pregnant women into a high risk category. Medical management, nutrition management, and physical therapy examination/evaluation and interventions for these medical conditions is also included. The effects of long-term bed rest, both physically and psychologically, are discussed. Lastly, common psychosocial issues for the mother and family members is addressed and includes information on referral sources for support services during a challenging pregnancy.
Contact Hours: 4 | Individuals must apply for CEU approval in their own states.
Introduction to Male Pelvic Health Part 1: Urinary Incontinence
Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
New Online Course Offering from the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy! This 2 hour online course is designed for physical therapists looking to enhance their knowledge base for evaluating and treating men with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction resulting in urinary incontinence.