On this course you’ll focus on the practical application of specific physiotherapy skills you need to manage patients’ pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PR-PGP). Using current scientific evidence, you’ll review the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvic girdle and physiological changes relevant to PR-PGP.
You’ll learn specific assessment and treatment techniques for PR-PGP including the sacroiliac and pubic symphysis joints. You’ll also understand how to prescribe exercises and the relevant contra-indications for your patients and discuss updated evidence on pelvic floor muscle dysfunction with PR-PGP. At the end of the course you’ll review a case study to demonstrate and reinforce the clinical reasoning process behind effectively managing patients with PR-PGP.
This course will also discuss the importance of using a biopsychosocial framework when managing women with PR-PGP.
On completion of this course, you will:
Understand the biomechanics of the pelvic girdle, including the form/force closure model for pelvic girdle stability
Improve your knowledge of pregnancy-related changes affecting the pelvic girdle, including a discussion on the role of relaxin and other pregnancy hormones
Understand the site specific changes of pregnancy to the abdominal wall, including a discussion on the latest research for abdominal separation
Effectively assess a patient presenting with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, including sacroiliac joint and pubic symphysis assessment
Learn how to apply effective treatments to achieve a positive outcome for patients presenting with pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain
Understand the relevant contra-indications and precautions to exercise during pregnancy
Understand the rationale and be able to design a basic lumbo-pelvic stability program for patients presenting with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain
Feel confident managing a woman with PR-PGP throughout her pregnancy using a evidence based, biopsychosocial approach