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Evidence-Based Examination and Treatment of the Pelvis

presented by Alexis Wright

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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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In this course by Dr. Alexis Wright, users will gain an understanding of SIJ and pelvic related pain patterns and be introduced to a number of components of SIJ and pelvis involvement. Learners will be introduced to the best forms of self reported outcomes measures and identify key components of patient history associated with specific pathologies of the SIJ and pelvis. Both sensitive and specific diagnostic tests will be reviewed and discussed to assist with differential diagnosis. A pelvis specific examination will be covered including active and passive physiological movements, and pain provocation tests. The learner will be introduced to evidence based information regarding the utility of a palpatory motion tests. Pelvic girdle pain and SIJ classifications will be discussed along with appropriate manual therapy, strengthening, and atypical treatment approaches. This course is part of a 19 course comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

Meet Your Instructor

Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Alexis Wright is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy, High Point University. Dr. Wright is a clinical researcher, educator, and practicing physical therapist whose passions include refining and improving the patient examination and treatment process used in everyday physical therapist practice. Dr. Wright received her BS in…

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1. Introduction of the Sacroiliac Joint & Pelvis

Define sacroiliac joint/pelvic girdle pain. Gain an understanding of SIJ/pelvic related pain patterns.

2. Patient History and Outcomes Measures

Discuss key components of patient history during a SIJ/pelvic examination. Discuss the “best” forms of self-reported patient reported outcome measures for SIJ/pelvis.

3. Clinical Examination of the Pelvis/SIJ

Describe how you would “rule out” the low back. Discuss the techniques used to rule out the pelvis (sensitive procedures). Discuss the technique used to rule in the pelvis.

4. Classification and Treatment

Discuss pelvic girdle pain and SIJ classifications. Outline appropriate manual therapy treatment approaches. Outline appropriate strengthening treatment approaches. Discuss a-typical conservative treatment approaches.

5. Non-Conservative/Physical Therapy Management

Compare and contrast the effectiveness of non-conservative interventions for pelvic pain or dysfunction.

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