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Pediatric Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Investigative Tools

presented by Dawn Sandalcidi

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Without an in-depth understanding of non-invasive tools available to therapists, it is not possible to effectively practice pediatric pelvic floor rehabilitation. This course, with Dawn Sandalcidi, covers tools and strategies for evaluating pelvic floor function in children. Non-invasive tools covered include Bowel-Bladder Diaries, Uroflow measurements, and Ultrasound. Invasive tools include DMSA Renal Scan, Cystometry, and Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG). All of these techniques will be discussed within the context of specific case examples, and representative data for specific diagnoses.

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. Non-invasive Testing

    1. Non-invasive Testing

    How can we as therapists assess bowel and bladder function in children without invasive techniques? In this chapter, Dawn Sandalcidi introduces the participant to non-invasive testing, beginning with the simple practice of bowel/bladder diary making.

  2. Uroflow

    2. Uroflow

    In this chapter, Dawn Sandalcidi takes an in depth look at Uroflometry, including the details of the process, and the analysis of resulting uroflow data.

  3. Ultrasound

    3. Ultrasound

    This chapter reviews the emerging use of ultrasound in pediatric pelvic floor therapy as a non-invasive method for directly observing function and structural integrity of the pelvic floor region.

  4. Congenital Disorders

    4. Congenital Disorders

    The final chapter of this course applies concepts from the first three chapters to specific congenital disorders, familiarizing the participant with the signature results from tests.

  5. Learning Assessment

    5. Learning Assessment

    Test your knowledge with multiple choice questions, and apply your knowledge with case-based assessment questions.