A Boost Camp Seminar to Advance Your Clinical Practice Skills

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) Exam and Rx

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

7 hours of Virginia State Physical Therapist Approved CCU.  Additional independent study of up to 10 hours depending on state licensing rules.

This Boost Camp seminar is designed as a one-day intensive for physical therapists, and other health care professionals, treating pelvic floor dysfunctions. It will teach you advanced techniques expanding your repertoire of pelvic floor examination of fascial and pelvic floor anatomy applicable to patients with POP, urinary incontinence and some types of pelvic pain.  Instruction on individual functional treatment progressions will be emphasized.

The seminar includes a pre-course home study module that provides resources to understand the anatomy of the pelvic floor fascial support and symptom manifestation of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The module also has an extensive review of pessary guidelines and medical diagnostic and assessment techniques.  Review of this information (6+ hours) will allow the seminar time to focus on exam techniques and treatment techniques.

The morning labs will include internal vaginal and rectal examination techniques for anterior, posterior and apical support changes, including assessment for levator ani avulsion and measurement of external perineal landmarks (gh, pb) used for prolapse quantification. You will learn appropriate examination instruction and the difference of summarizing your findings for the patient and for your medical records.

Afternoon lab time will focus on functional evaluation and treatment.  You will learn management of intra-abdominal pressure with attention to postures and the glottis, breathing and pelvic diaphragms.

We will review the current research on the benefits of lifestyle intervention and pelvic floor exercise that will help you formulate a comprehensive rehab approach that empowers the women to be active.   


$260 extra early bird until February 8, 2019

$285 early bird until February 15th, 2019

$315 standard registration until April 15th, 2019

Fee Includes electronic manual, a home study module (links to free access articles, literature reviews, questionnaires and resources).

Cancellation Policy: A participant may cancel their registration and receive a refund (less a $75 administrative fee), if he or she notifies Women’s Health Physical Therapy of their desire to cancel their registration and receive a refund before the 30th day preceding the start of the course.


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Women’s Health Physical Therapy

2002 Bremo Road, Suite 202
Richmond, VA 23226


Audience and Prerequisites

Physical Therapists and PTA limited to 20 participants. Other health care providers please note: Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's state license or regulation.

Prerequisites: Prior training and experience with internal pelvic floor examinations. Prerequisite assignments (a home study module includes literature review summaries, free access articles, podcasts) issued upon registration.

Level: Intermediate to advanced. Pregnant women should have a release letter from their primary obstetrics provider for internal evaluation participation. Participants will practice exam and treatment techniques on one another.


Upon completion of the boost camp seminar the participant will be able to:

1.    Describe symptom presentations in 6 types of POP as they relate to fascial support.

2.    List the 3 modifiable conditions that could affect results of prolapse examination.

3.    Palpate with internal vaginal examination for levator ani avulsion, the ATLA, ATFP and uterosacral ligament, cervix position.

4.    Perform POP examinations both internal vaginal and external POP-Q measurements of gh and pb using appropriate instructions and supplies.

5.    State 5 prolapse self-care/lifestyle intervention strategies for POP.

6.    Assess and teach breathing and IAP management in conjunction with therapeutic exercise and functional activity programs for POP.


Day 1

8:45    Registration

9:00    Objectives – Introduction

Review of POP, Patient Presentations/ Case Studies

9:45    Above the Pelvic Floor (PF) muscles, Endopelvic and Parietal Pelvic Fascia Anatomy, DeLancey’s Levels of Vaginal Support (key points of study module assignments) Lab 1 Demo: Fascial identification

10:45  BREAK

11:00  Detailed PDF/Prolapse Visualization and Identification techniques

Lab 2 Practicum: External Measurements (gh, pb) and vaginal exam techniques with 1/2 speculum. Pelvic floor internal exam with avulsion assessment and position variations. 

11:45  Case Studies Continued

12:30  LUNCH – Bring your own (45 minutes)  

1:00    The Evidence on Lifestyle Interventions and Exercise for POP

1:45    Lab 3 Practicum:  Musculoskeletal Considerations, Breathing Assessments Valsalva vs Strain, teaching breathing, posture and graded movement strategies.

3:30    BREAK

3:45   Lab Continued:  Treatment Progressions, Transitional movements
Teaching how to manage IAP and return to active lifestyles.  Case studies

4:45    Course Evaluation and Post Test

5:30    Adjourn