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Postpartum Patient: General Treatment

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

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Financial: Rachel Kilgore is an employee of Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and a MedBridge consultant.

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

Additional Disclosure: A special thanks to Darla Cathcart, director of peripartum series curricula for Herman & Wallace, for her assistance in the development of 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: 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.

Meet Your Instructor

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…

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1. Breast and Perineal Care

This chapter discusses general considerations for common acute postpartum breast and perineal complaints. It also provides resources and treatment ideas, including information on general breast and nipple care, clogged milk ducts, and perineal care.

2. Biomechanics and Common Childcare Activities

This chapter helps the participant become familiar with common daily childcare activities. You will learn helpful modifications and treatment ideas for activities such as changing a diaper, feeding, bathing, carrying, lifting, and sleeping. This will help you teach your patients how to safely care for themselves and their children.

3. Posture, Gait, and Exercise

This chapter will help the clinician to identify common postural and gait deviations in the postpartum patient and discusses general treatment ideas for correction. Additionally, it addresses general considerations for activity and exercise for patients who have had vaginal or cesarean birth.

4. Postpartum Supports, Belts, and Splints

This chapter will help the clinician identify postpartum patients who would benefit from a postpartum supportive device for the perineum, abdominals, or pelvic girdle. Also discussed will be how to apply abdominal binders and pelvic girdle support belts.

5. Modalities and Other Interventions

This chapter will discuss the use of common modalities with the postpartum patient, including TENS, ultrasound, traction, and thermal modalities. Also included is a general review of therapeutic treatments for home treatment as attending appointments may be challenging for the postpartum population.

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