Understanding Prolapse

presented by Michelle Lyons

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This course, with Michelle Lyons, discusses the Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) within the context of pelvic rehabilitation specialist practice. The course begins by describing the relevant anatomy and systems involved in POP, as well as the risk factors for developing POP. The course also covers the evidence base for treatment options, from conservative approaches to surgical interventions. Emphasis is placed on the role of the pelvic rehabilitation specialist in specific clinical scenarios.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Michelle Lyons, PT, MISCP

    Michelle Lyons PT, MISCP, is a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland, with over eighteen years experience working in women's health. She is currently living and working in Connecticut as Women's Health coordinator for Access Rehab Centers, one of the largest therapy providers in New England. At Access Rehab Centers, Michelle designed and implemented their women's health programs, including pre and post partum care, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and colorectal health, menopausal wellness, spinal dysfunction, TMJ/headache pain and a breast cancer rehab program, which incorporates manual therapy, lymphedema management and specific exercise prescription. A firm believer in integrative healthcare, she incorporates therapeutic Pilates, yoga and lifestyle advice into her treatment protocols. Michelle has appeared in local newspapers, radio and television programs speaking on women's health issues. She has presented programs in Ireland, Canada and the U.S. including The Wise Woman weekend, The International Herbal Symposium and The New England Women's Herbal Conference and for the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Anatomy and Definitions

    1. Anatomy and Definitions

    The first chapter of this course reviews anatomy that is relevant to the discussion, and defines POP and it's common causes.

  2. Assessment for Prolapse

    2. Assessment for Prolapse

    This chapter outlines the role of the pelvic rehabilitation specialist in assessment of prolapse.

  3. Management of Prolapse

    3. Management of Prolapse

    This chapter introduces the role of the pelvic rehabilitation specialist in the management of POP, including conservative approaches and considerations for referring to surgery and invasive intervention.

  4. Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

    4. Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

    The final chapter of this course applies the management principles in the previous chapter within the context of pelvic floor rehabilitation, including the use of specific exercises, biofeedback, and other approaches.