CAPP General Information
The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH) has developed the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) and Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Therapy (CAPP Obstetric) to certify that a physical therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training, and testing program. CAPP Pelvic focuses on training for the treatment of patients with diagnoses of pelvic floor dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain while the CAPP Obstetric focuses on treatment of women during normal and high risk pregnancies as well as during the postpartum period. The CAPP is awarded to physical therapists who complete a defined sequence of courses, pass testing requirements at each level, and complete a written case report.
Why should I seek out a physical therapist who has completed training towards the CAPP?
Not every physical therapist has undergone training to treat conditions such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. Physical therapists typically obtain skills and knowledge for treating pelvic floor dysfunction after they graduate from physical therapy school. The courses and training vary widely. The CAPP assures that the therapist has received the most up to date, research based training for the treatment of these conditions, and also has proven through testing that she (or he) has obtained specific skills and knowledge.
How can I find out if my physical therapist has completed the CAPP?
Physical therapist who have completed the CAPP are listed on the SOWH web site
What if my physical therapist has not received the CAPP?
If your physical therapist is not listed on the web site, she may have started the process of this specialized education, but not yet completed it. You can verify this by asking the therapist directly. The CAPP Pelvic has only been available since the summer of 2007 and CAPP Obstetric since fall 2010, so many qualified therapists with extensive training and education have not yet completed the process of obtaining the CAPP.