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Pediatric Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Treatment of Common Conditions

presented by Dawn Sandalcidi

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How can physical therapists evaluate and address complex pediatric cases involving urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction? How do physical therapy evaluation and treatment approaches overlap and interact with the medical evaluation and treatment? This course, with Dawn Sandalcidi, seeks to answer these questions and more by providing an in depth look at the physical therapy evaluation and process for planning and executing treatment. Concepts from the course are discussed using real-world case examples and demonstrations of exercises with mock patients.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Dawn Sandalcidi, PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD

    Dawn Sandalcidi PT, RCMT, BCB-PMD specializes in pelvic muscle dysfunction (incontinence and pain), orthopedic manual therapy, and TMJ treatment. She is the leading expert in the field of pediatric incontinence in physical therapy. She has trained medical professionals in manual therapy since 1992 both nationally and internationally. Dawn is certified by the Biofeedback Institute of America for pelvic muscle biofeedback treatment. Dawn has actively been treating patients for the past 32 years and owns a private practice in Denver, Colorado, develops educational materials for health care providers through Progressive Therapeutics and provides consulting services through Physical Therapy Specialists. In addition she is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University Department of Physical Therapy in Denver, CO where she teaches pelvic muscle dysfunction/ women’s health physical therapy, as well TMJ. Dawn received her degree in physical therapy in 1982 from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. She participated in extensive international postgraduate studies in manual and manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities in Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. In 1992, Dawn completed an additional two-year residency to become a certified instructor of the Mariano Rocabado techniques for the spine, pelvis and craniomandibular joints (RCMT). Dawn also received her BCB-PMD Board Certified Biofeedback in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Medical Evaluation and Common Medications

    1. Medical Evaluation and Common Medications

    In this section, common medications provided by physicians are discussed, and important details about the medical examination are provided.

  2. Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment

    2. Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment

    This chapter provides an exhaustive description of the physical therapy evaluation and subsequent treatment sessions for children experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction. Topics covered include strategies for exploring patient history and habits, planning treatment, and providing effective intervention and education for children and their families.

  3. Physical Therapy Treatment Demonstration

    3. Physical Therapy Treatment Demonstration

    This chapter applies concepts from Chapter 1 by providing a lab section demonstrating example physical therapy interventions for children experiencing incontinence issues.

  4. Question and Answer

    4. Question and Answer

    In the final chapter of this course, Dawn Sandalcidi answers common questions about pediatric pelvic floor rehabilitation, and addresses specific therapy situations.