You will review your subjective and objective examinations (vaginal and rectal) skills to ensure you are working to the latest international recommendations. Assessment of different maternal birth injuries including perineal and vaginal tears, levator ani avulsions, and coccyx injuries will be taught. Assessment of prolapse staging using objective POP-Q measurements as well as standing and sitting assessments will be covered, and you'll learn how to mobilize coccyx injuries. Advanced palpation skills will be taught including for scarring, muscle tone, and muscle contraction states.
Bladder, bowel, and food diaries will be discussed, as will common outcome measures. Adjunctive therapy such as pelvic floor training devices and apps will be discussed, as well as the importance of sleep, nutrition, gut health, stress management, and exercise as it relates to pelvic health.
Common conditions and treatments covered will include pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunctions, gut health (different conditions and treatment options), menopause, coccyx injuries, prostate surgery, and hard flaccid syndrome. Common dermatological conditions and cancers of the pelvic region will be discussed.
Throughout the course we will also be reviewing case studies and challenging you to think critically at all stages of the patient management process. This is alongside two practical sessions for you to practice your assessment and treatment skills in a supportive environment.