Evidence-Based Examination and Treatment of the Pelvis

presented by Alexis Wright

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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

    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 Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2006, and a PhD in physical therapy clinical research from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2010. Dr Wright was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2011 and achieved APTA board certified orthopedic specialization in 2015. Dr. Wright is a frequent research presenter at state, national, and international meetings and a productive author with over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the areas of orthopedics and manual therapy. Dr. Wright currently serves as the Deputy Editor of Physical Therapy Reviews as well as two journal editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for a number of other international and national peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Wright is a 2007 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award for the American Physical Therapy Association and a 2012 recipient of the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award for the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition to her research, she continues to practice clinically for Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM) out of High Point University. Dr. Wright has received several small research grants including the AAOMPT Cardon Research Grant and the University of Otago Postgraduate Publishing Bursary. Awards include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, the APTA Emerging Leader Award, and the Duke University Health System Service Champion Award. Dr. Wright continues to maintain an active research agenda in the areas of spinal and extremity mobilization and manipulation, hip disorders, femoroacetabular impingement, and prognostic research. Dr. Wright received her PhD in clinical research from the University of Otago, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wright currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Director of Continuing Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University. In addition to her position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University, she practices clinically for Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM is a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction of the Sacroiliac Joint & Pelvis

    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

    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

    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

    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

    5. Non-Conservative/Physical Therapy Management

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