This course is designed to bring the learner up to Doctor of Physical Therapy entry-level educational competence in the area of women’s and pelvic health physical therapy, primarily in the cognitive domain of learning. The course focuses on pelvic floor dysfunction and management of musculoskeletal dysfunction in the obstetric patient, with some content related to breast cancer. It does not cover osteoporosis, lymphedema, or chronic pain syndromes such as lymphedema; conditions sometimes covered under the women’s health umbrella. These topics, though germane to the area of women’s health, are often covered elsewhere in entry-level curricula as well as in their own continuing education courses.

Meet the Instructor

Jill S. Boissonnault, PT, PhD, is an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists Certified Specialist in Women’s Health and an Associate Professor at Shenandoah University, Physical Therapy Program where she teaches professional issues, therapeutic exercise related to the spine, women’s health, and research. She teaches continuing education seminars in women’s health physical therapy on musculoskeletal management of obstetrics clients and on pelvic floor dysfunction. Dr. Boissonnault is a past president and founder of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health, a subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). She received her bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Illinois, her master’s in orthopedic physical therapy from Northwestern University, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in curriculum and instruction with a minor in women’s studies. She has held various leadership positions within the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including treasurer from 1983–1989, vice president 1995–1999, and education director 2005–2006. In 2000, Dr. Boissonnault was awarded the Elizabeth Noble Award; in 2006, the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Mentor of the Year Award, and APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award; and in 2011, WCPT’s International Service Award. She is the author of numerous professional articles and textbook chapters.

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Learning objectives

  1. Apply the US department of health and human services criteria for women’s health conditions to enable identification of conditions that warrant that classification.
  2. Utilize knowledge of lifespan pathophysiology of conditions related to puberty and menopause to understand medical and physical therapy management strategies.
  3. Evaluate the impact of Menopausal musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system symptomatology upon physical therapy practice.
  4. Demonstrate and understanding of male and female Pelvic floor dysfunction related to underactive pelvic floor musculature including stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and anal incontinence.
  5. Demonstrate and understanding of male and female Pelvic floor dysfunction related to overactive pelvic floor musculature including urgency, frequency, urge incontinence, and hypertonous issues.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of how continence issues manifest in the pediatric population and contrast how they behave differently from similar issues in adults.
  7. Provide first-line advice on management of constipation in the form of general dietary recommendations and toileting habits, as well as understand when to refer to specialist physical therapists.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate evidence-based assessment and management techniques for obstetric musculoskeletal dysfunction.
  9. Determine appropriate use of additional physical therapy interventions, including physical agents, body-mechanics, and exercise, for dysfunction commonly seen in the obstetric population.
  10. Identify medical interventions commonly used to fight breast cancer and list appropriate rehabilitation measures for neuromusculoskeletal sequelae of those medical interventions.


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Type:E-Learning Course
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Domains:pelvic, women's health, Jill Boissonnault
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