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Pelvic Floor Treatment of Patients With Neurologic Disorders

presented by Dr. Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, EdD, WCS, OnCS

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Financial: Carina Siracusa receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives compensation from the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, OhioHealth, and South College.

Nonfinancial: Carina Siracusa has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 40 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 26 Minutes

Patients with neurologic dysfunction can present with a variety of bowel and bladder issues that are unique to this patient population. Many pelvic floor therapists may not be aware of how each neurologic issue can affect the bowel and bladder. This course will explore the central nervous system and how disorders can create bowel, bladder, and pelvic floor issues in a patient. Evaluation strategies, tests, and measures will be discussed and demonstrated. Treatment strategies will be discussed and demonstrated with long-term treatment plans. Participants will also gain knowledge on appropriate education needed in this population to improve health literacy as well as bowel and bladder habits.

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, EdD, WCS, OnCS

Dr. Carina Siracusa has been a practicing physical therapist since she graduated from Ohio University with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2005. She has practiced in the areas of pediatric, neurologic, oncologic, and pelvic floor physical therapy in her tenure as a physical therapist. She currently works in the neurologic rehab department at OhioHealth…

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1. Bowel and Bladder Issues in Patients With Neurologic Disorders

In this chapter, participants will learn the effect that different neurologic disorders have on bowel and bladder function. They will also learn what issues can be treated versus what issues can be accommodated with lifestyle changes and medication.

2. Evaluation of Patients With Neurologic Dysfunction

In this chapter, learners will hear and see different evaluation methods for patients with neurologic dysfunction. They will also understand how to construct an appropriate evaluation template and interpret findings.

3. Treatment of Patients With Neurologic Dysfunction

In this chapter, learners will hear and see multiple treatment techniques needed to treat this population. They will be able to design both an in-clinic and an at-home program for patients with bowel and bladder dysfunction.

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