This 3-day Hybrid Men’s Health Physical Therapy course will focus on the assessment and management of the Men's Health PT patient. The course consists of a 1-day online section that students need to complete prior to the live section of the course. The Men's Health PT course will include a detailed history-taking of the complex conditions men with pelvic dysfunction present with. Conditions that will be introduced and focused on will be male pelvic pain, male athletic pelvic pain, hard flaccid syndrome, post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence, and post-prostatectomy erectile dysfunction. This course will also focus on addressing the challenges of setting up or building a men's health PT service.
• Male pelvic floor anatomy, function, and dysfunction
• Developing detailed history-taking skills with these complex conditions
• Exploring the complex psychological, emotional, cognitive, social & behavioral aspects of the conditions these men present with
• Internal examination in men’s health physiotherapy
• Assessment & management of male pelvic pain
• Introducing the EZ Magic therapeutic device and its role in the management of pelvic pain and building self-efficacy
• Role of musculoskeletal & exercise-based physiotherapy in the male pelvic pain patient to include athletic pelvic pain; Bridging the musculoskeletal/orthopedic, sports & pelvic health gap
• Role of trans-abdominal ultrasound scanning and its use in the over or under-active male pelvic floor
• Introduction to the management of pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence in a post-prostate cancer surgery patient
• Introduction to post-prostatectomy erectile dysfunction
• How do develop a Men’s Health Physiotherapy service & role: an expanding role for physiotherapists
Describe the anatomy and function of at least 3 key pelvic floor muscles and 2 key hip muscles involved in the etiology of male pelvic pain
Demonstrate the use of 4 validated questionnaires for the assessment of the male pelvic pain patient and the post prostatectomy patient
Describe 6 key components of the subjective assessment of both the male pelvic pain patient and the post prostatectomy patient
Perform a battery of 5 validated reliable tests on the pelvic girdle for pain provocation in the male pelvic pain patient
Perform 1 internal examination assessment method for pelvic floor evaluation and 1 external assessment method
Compare and contrast internal and external methods of assessing the male pelvic floor in both male pelvic pain and post prostatectomy patients
Demonstrate a minimum of 2 validated objective tests for assessing the fast and slow twitch activity of the male pelvic floor
Describe a minimum of 5 key concepts in the management of male pelvic pain
Describe a minimum of 5 key concepts in the management of post prostatectomy urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction
Describe 4 key strategies in developing a men’s health physiotherapy service
There are no pre-requisites for this course.
Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Refreshments are provided; meals are on your own.
Day 1 - Online
Lecture 1: Scope of Men's Health Physiotherapy Lecture 3: Male pelvic pain Lecture 4: Management of male pelvic pain Lecture 5: Introduction to the post-prostatectomy prostate cancer patient Lecture 6: Management of the post-prostatectomy prostate cancer patient. Lecture 7: Athletic Pelvic pain and dysfunction: Cycling-related pudendal patients to the weekend warrior Lecture 8: Hard Flaccid Syndrome and younger erectile dysfunction: An emerging area of physiotherapy practice
Day 2 - Live
08:30 – 09:00 Registration 09:00 – 09:45 History-taking in the male pelvic health patient 09:45 – 10:45 Key musculoskeletal examination components of male pelvic pain 10:45 – 11:00 Break 11:00 – 12:30 Male pelvic floor examination: Assessment and mapping of internal pelvic floor anatomy (Practical) 12:30 – 01:30 Lunch 01:30 – 03:00 Management of male pelvic pain: Musculoskeletal approaches & exercise (Practical) 03:00 – 04:00 Ultrasound imaging in the Rehab of male pelvic health patients: From pelvic pain to post-prostatectomy rehab 04:00 – 05:00 How to develop a Men's Health Physio service: An expanding role in (physio)therapy
Day 3 - Live
08:30 – 0900 Registration 09:00 – 10:30 Post prostatectomy rehab: Urinary incontinence & erectile dysfunction 10:30 – 10:45 Break 10:45 – 11:45 Internal pelvic floor treatment strategies for male pelvic pain (Practical) 11:45 – 12:30 Use of the EZ-Magic in the management of male pelvic pain 12:30 – 01:00 Moving forwards in male pelvic health physiotherapy
Who Should Attend
Physical therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Chiropractors
The course is designed for male and female PTs, OTs, and chiropractors, who want to develop/update their interest in Men’s Health PT, including those with a women’s health, musculoskeletal/orthopedic, or sports background. The course will equip you to start working with male pelvic patients and to develop a new role or service. Gerard has a strong track record of teaching mixed groups of physical therapists and also those who are new to either male pelvic health or pelvic health PT/OT.
Men's Health Physical Therapy
Maryland Board of Physical Therapy - pending
NOTE: Many states, such as Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others, accept the CEUs approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
If you are not sure about another state, check out your state board's website and look for language like (from South Carolina - https://www.llr.sc.gov/pt/ce.aspx):
At least fifteen (15) of the required thirty (30) contact hours shall be from Certified Activities. Certified Activities include [...] attendance at conferences and completion of continuing competency activities provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), South Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA), other chapters and sections of the APTA, as well as other state boards of physical therapy.