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Rachel Kilgore

DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC, PPCES

Rachel's primary specialty is pelvic rehabilitation. This includes incontinence, prolapse, constipation, pelvic pain, and peripartum issues such as cesarean birth or diastasis rectus abdominis. She enjoys treating general orthopedics, with interest in the back, neck, knee, and shoulders. Additionally, playing collegiate soccer inspired her desire to focus on sports rehabilitation. Currently, she unites these specialties with treatment of peripartum athletes.

After giving birth to her first child, Rachel became especially passionate about sharing her knowledge and easing the path for those who are pregnant or in their postpartum period. She has worked with birthing people during and after pregnancy and with all pelvic health issues. Rachel works with patients of all genders and ages and, with an extensive background in collegiate athletics, also loves to help return people to their favorite activities, be they playing with their children, running, lifting, or hitting the slopes. Rachel loves to empower her patients with education and see them reach their goals so they can return to the activities that they enjoy. It is always her goal that her patients understand their conditions, enhance their movement patterns, prevent reinjury, and control their symptoms independently.

A Washington native, Rachel graduated from Central Washington University in 2004, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in nutrition. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) in 2007. Rachel has primarily worked in the realm of orthopedics, and in 2015, she passed the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) exam. She is also certified with the Ola Grimsby Institute as a manual therapist (COMT). She has continued following her passions and earned a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC) certification and Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (PPCES) certification. She loves to share her experience and knowledge with other professionals. She is a faculty instructor for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, teaching the peripartum series, and has been a regular consultant for MedBridge since 2014. Rachel also enjoys giving regular community lectures to peripartum fitness groups, at gyms, and to other clinicians in the community.

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Postpartum Patient: General Examination

Presented by Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC, PPCES

Postpartum Patient: General Examination

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Video Runtime: 66 Minutes; Learning Assessment: 45 Minutes

There is a lack of clear, evidence-based guidelines on musculoskeletal examination for the postpartum patient. This course is appropriate for rehabilitation professionals and will benefit clinicians who are interested in examination of the postpartum population. This course will help the participant become familiar with systemic physiological changes unique to the postpartum patient. We will review the stages of labor and birth for vaginal birth as well as provide a general review of cesarean birth. Clinicians will learn to identify postpartum danger signs and red-flag conditions requiring immediate medical referral. General examination considerations, such as screening, history taking, positioning, and movement, will be discussed.

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Postpartum Patient: General Treatment

Presented by Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC, PPCES

Postpartum Patient: General Treatment

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Video Runtime: 44 Minutes; Learning Assessment: 51 Minutes

This course benefits clinicians who are interested in treating the postpartum population. This course will familiarize the participant with common baby and childcare activities, as well as the use of belts and supports that can assist postpartum patients with improved daily function. Additionally, the course will help the participant identify common acute postpartum complaints such as breast and perineal care. It will help the clinician in planning general treatment strategies to improve posture, daily activity, and mobility in the postpartum patient. Modalities and self-treatment ideas will also be covered to further empower this patient population base and guide general treatment.

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Abdominals in the Postpartum Patient: Evaluation and Treatment

Presented by Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC, PPCES

Abdominals in the Postpartum Patient: Evaluation and Treatment

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Video Runtime: 41 Minutes; Learning Assessment: 43 Minutes

This course benefits rehabilitation professionals who are interested in treating the postpartum population. This course includes in-depth anatomical instruction and general considerations for the abdominals. Specific assessment and evidence-based treatment strategies for the patient who has birthed abdominally or vaginally are presented. Additionally, specific diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) assessment and treatments are discussed. There is a demonstration of DRA assessment and review of exercise progression. This course will help the participant be able to identify common abdominal impairments and load transfer dysfunction. Participants will be able to provide their patients with goal-oriented treatment strategies to improve coordination, mobility, and strength for the abdominals.

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Pelvic Floor in the Postpartum Patient: Evaluation and Treatment

Presented by Rachel Kilgore, DPT, OCS, COMT, PRPC, PPCES

Pelvic Floor in the Postpartum Patient: Evaluation and Treatment

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Video Runtime: 41 Minutes; Learning Assessment: 47 Minutes

There is a need for guidelines to help all rehabilitation practitioners screen for common pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions in the postpartum patient. Pelvic floor muscle anatomy and function will be presented along with an overview of pregnancy and birth effects on the pelvic floor, including perineal birth injuries. This course will help the participant be able to identify common postpartum pelvic floor muscle complaints for the bladder and bowel, pelvic support problems, and sexual complaints, and we will review general treatments for these conditions. General external pelvic floor muscle assessment for the non-pelvic-floor provider is described, which is helpful for identifying postpartum patients who may benefit from specific pelvic rehabilitation.

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