A comprehensive approach to gastrointestinal disorders including bowel and digestion dysfunction. This approach allows for the consideration of management of multiple factors s including nutritional, psychosocial, medical-surgical decisions, and physical therapy examination/intervention advanced intervention. A multifactorial approach can often lead to improved management of this complex patient as a varied intervention approach may be required to be successful. A comprehensive understanding of the physiology and symptom manifestation can improve the ability to develop a comprehensive intervention strategy tailored to each patient’s needs throughout the episode of care.
Through completion of this course, participants will:
- Understand and define functional bowel disorders and bowel disease
- Recognize the latest evidence on the HPA axis and the relationship of the GI system to multisystem physiology in the human
- Define the multidisciplinary role in assessment of the patient with gastrointestinal disorders including the latest evidence on specialized testing
- Understand and implement a physical therapy examination algorithm for differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal impairments and functional movement dysfunctions of individual with gastrointestinal disorders including the lower GI tract
- Identify potential medical “red flags” that warrant referral to the appropriate physician
- Recognize the psychosocial and behavioral component as well as the expanded role of physical therapy intervention
- Demonstrate appropriate physical therapy examination and intervention techniques for patients with gastrointestinal disorders
- Develop and discuss examination and intervention of clients with complex gastrointestinal disorders in a case study format
This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, nurses, midwives and medical doctors. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s license or regulation. Clinical continuing education should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated; except as they are involved in a specific plan of care. Successful completion of level I, II and III (or equivalent to be approved) are required.
6 hours pre/post online course
To be determined
Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.
Level I, II and III (or equivalent to be approved)
This course is both lecture format and practical labs with vaginal and rectal palpation