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2019 Combined Sections Meeting



Connect. Learn. ChooseDC!

Join over 12,000 innovative and dedicated professionals in downtown Washington, DC, for the largest physical therapy conference in the country. With programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections, you will want to ChooseDC and amplify your learning in 2019!


The Combined Sections Meeting heads to DC 1 month earlier than usual in 2019! Mark your calendar for January 23-26, and come together in the nation’s capital to connect and learn. We are excited to bring over 12,000 caring and committed professionals to DC for the largest physical therapy conference in the country.

At CSM 2019 in DC, you will find your people and connect with the physical therapy community. With programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections, you’ll get the information and tools you need to learn and grow.

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This year will bring together over 12,000 innovative and dedicated professionals for the largest conference on physical therapy in the country. With programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections, you will not want to miss this upbeat conference!

Volunteer with SoWH at CSM *NEW* | Would you like to volunteer at our Exhibit Hall Booth? Sign up for a time slot or more by clicking here: CSM 2019 Booth Volunteer Sign-Up.

Housing & Registration | Housing is open on the APTA CSM website: . Conference registration will open Wednesday, August 22.

Locations | Programming will take place in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and at the Marriott Marquis in downtown DC.

Pre-Cconference Courses | Immerse yourself in hands-on learning at our 1- or 2-day precons, Tuesday, January 22, and Wednesday, January 23, 8:00 am–5:30 pm each day. (see more details below)

Educational Sessions | SoWH will have 20 session at CSM 2019.  Sessions run Thursday, January 24, through Saturday, January 26, at these times each day

8:00 am–10:00 am
11:00 am–1:00 pm
3:00 pm–5:00 pm

View SoWH Sessions

Check out highlights from 2018 CSM in New Orleans, Louisiana


sponsored by Section on Women’s Health


Pelvic Health Considerations in the Transgender Client

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 8:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Daniel D. Dugi, III, MD, FACS
Heather Edwards, PT
Sandra Gallagher, PT, WCS
Uchenna Ossai, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT
Amy Penkin LCSW

People who are going through gender affirmation surgery have a variety of medical professionals that they see throughout their journey. Often pelvic health professionals are one piece of that journey. In this 1-day course, pelvic health therapists will hear from a variety of medical professionals about issues that the client going through gender affirmation surgery can face. A physician who performs the surgery, 2 physical therapists, and a social worker will all be speaking to their role in this patient’s journey.


1. Identify the pelvic floor implications of gender affirmation surgery.
2. Refer patients to the appropriate professionals in order to provide the most comprehensive care.

Endometriosis: What do Physical Therapists Need to Know

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 8:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Speaker:  Michelle Lyons, PT
Endometriosis is most commonly diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s, but it can affect any woman. Current estimates suggest that 6%–10% of all women of reproductive age have endometriosis. Endometriosis may occur in about 75% of women with pelvic pain. Common symptoms of endometriosis include: painful menstrual cramps, dyspareunia, colorectal and urinary dysfunction, fatigue, and musculoskeletal dysfunction. With a blend of didactic and interactive learning, the speaker will take a biopsychosocial approach to educate providers about how best to serve clients with this disease. The speaker will discuss appropriate selection of manual therapy treatments balanced with appropriate exercise selection. Attendees will learn the evidence
behind an integrative approach that includes nutrition, mind-body techniques, and pain science education.


1. Select the appropriate treatments for endometriosis.
2. Identify the physical therapist’s role in the treatment of endometriosis.

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