Washington DC: An Introduction to Men’s Health Physical Therapy

Course Overview


This 3-day introductory Men’s Health Physical Therapy course will focus on the assessment and management of the Men's Health PT patient. The course will focus on the 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.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for male and female PTs who want to develop/update their interest in Men’s Health PT, including those with a Women’s Health, Musculoskeletal 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.

Course Content

• Male Pelvic Floor anatomy, function and dysfunction

• Developing detailed history taking skills with these complex conditions

• Exploring the complex psychological, emotional, cognitive, social & behavioural 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 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, 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

Pre-requisites: There are no pre-requisites for this course.

What You Will Learn

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

Gerard is an experienced musculoskeletal and Men’s Health physio. He works in male pelvic pain, pelvic floor rehab, post prostate surgery, hard flaccid syndrome, erectile dysfunction & also pelvic floor dysfunction in sport. With two male pelvic health physio clinics in the UK, he has experience in developing the role and service of Men’s health Physiotherapy. Gerard presented at conferences worldwide, including WCPT 2017 in Cape Town, SA, the Japanese Physical Therapy Association, and in the Middle East. He is an assistant Professor of Physiotherapy in Coventry University, UK where in addition to lecturing he is involved in pelvic health physiotherapy research.


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