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Pelvic Pain Applications in Rehabilitation (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Holly Tanner, DPT, PT, MA, OCS, LMP, PRPC, BCB-PMD, CCI

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Financial— Holly Tanner is Instructor, Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute Clinic owner: Flow Rehab, PLLC Owner: Tanner Therapies & Consulting, LLC Nonfinancial— Director of education, Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

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: 172 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

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Pelvic pain is a common problem with a multitude of presentations. Though there are many names and potential contributors to pelvic pain, there are common approaches that can help ease pain and improve function. This webinar describes several typical pelvic pain presentations, as well as relevant anatomy, quick screening tests, and categories of interventions that may be available to the viewer. Further information about referral recommendations is included for those patients who may benefit from evaluation by a medical provider or a clinician who is trained specifically in pelvic rehabilitation.

Meet Your Instructor


Holly Tanner is a licensed physical therapist and massage therapist with specialty practice in the field of pelvic health. From the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) in Duluth, Minnesota, she earned her undergraduate degree in health sciences, Master of Arts in physical therapy, and a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She has served as…

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1. Pelvic Anatomy and Function

Anatomy is a foundation on which we can understand many connections between symptoms and areas of tissue dysfunction. Beyond the basics of pelvic bones and major ligaments, the major pelvic floor and pelvic wall muscles and nerves will be introduced.

2. Common Conditions

Chronic pelvic pain goes by many names, yet despite the varied terms of diagnosis, the examination and treatment is often very similar. We will review common categories of pelvic pain conditions such as neuralgias, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, coccyx pain, and vulvar or genital pain. Existing diagnostic criteria will be shared.

3. Quick Screening Tools

While detailed evaluation may require further training, basic skills in external palpation or exam can serve to identify areas of pain that may respond to intervention. Load transfer tests, movement screens, and location of soft tissue structures to palpate will be demonstrated.

4. Interventions

Interventions including basic modalities such as heat or ice, electrotherapies, and manual treatments will be demonstrated. Concepts of seated support or postural modification will also be covered, with consideration of resources a provider may have on hand. General stretches, deep calming breathing, and self-care strategies will be instructed.

5. Referral Considerations

Understanding when internal pelvic muscle examination and intervention is valuable for patient care planning when pelvic pain is the diagnosis will be discussed. Screening questions can be asked, and when certain responses are obtained, referral to a specifically trained pelvic muscle provider may be the most appropriate course of action. Viewers will be provided with the appropriate decision-making tools for such referrals.

6. Question and Answer Session

This is a viewer-submitted question and answer session, which will be facilitated by Holly Tanner.

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