This course will be recorded and all registrants will receive a link to access the course recording for a 2-week period following the course. Please mark on your registration form if you will not be attending live (and watching the recording instead) for attendance purposes.
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of endometriosis and to develop the knowledge and skills to properly screen, evaluate, treat and review the importance of using a multidisciplinary approach for this diagnosis. An in-depth review of the pathophysiology and etiology of endometriosis, primary clinical manifestations, subsequent screening techniques, and current evidence-based treatment techniques will be discussed. Throughout the course, participants will be provided opportunities to critically think and apply the information presented in order to properly evaluate and treat a patient with this condition. By the end of the course participants will be able to create an accurate assessment and treatment plan utilizing a multidisciplinary approach based on a patient’s clinical history and objective findings.
Course content will be presented in a two-day format, with a pre-recorded module reviewing basic anatomy as it relates to endometriosis in clinical practice and an overview of the current conservative, medical, and surgical diagnostic and treatment techniques available in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of the care available to patients with endometriosis.
- Accurately define endometriosis and be able to summarize the current theories pertaining to its pathophysiology
- Correctly identify primary symptoms of endometriosis and overlapping pain syndromes
- Be able to correctly examine a vulva to better identify and differentiate symptom etiology in patients with endometriosis
- Understand how to correctly perform a pelvic floor examination with considerations of structures affected by endometriosis as they pertain to clinical symptoms
- Be able to establish a differential diagnosis and perform a thorough subjective and objective exam to develop a patient-centered treatment plan
- Be able to utilize various myofascial treatment techniques and tools discussed in this course to address myofascial findings and improve patient’s symptoms in a moderately complex patient with endometriosis
- Recognize the psychological aspects concomitant with endometriosis using a biopsychosocial model
- Reliably recall vetted resources that can be used in patient care for patient education
- Demonstrate good understanding of the current diagnostic measures and treatment options available along with their associated limitations and benefits
Pre-recorded Module (approximately 1 hour)
- Definition of endo
- Review of anatomy related to endometriosis (pelvis and abdomen)
Current approaches in medical management
- Diagnostic approaches
- Ablation vs. Excision
- Medication overview
Prerequisites: We strongly recommend completion of level 1 which includes internal palpation based on the skills taught during this course. If registering for this course without completion of level 1, the skills taught must only be used within your scope of practice.
Date/Time: November 28 & December 5, 2022 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm ET (Toronto). Please convert to your local time zone.
Jandra Mueller DPT, MS
Jandra (pronounced like "Sandra" with a “J”) is a pelvic health physical therapist at The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center and the clinic director of the Encinitas, CA location. In addition to her doctorate in Physical Therapy, she also has her Master of Science degree in nutrition and integrative health. Jandra utilizes a patient-centered, integrative, and holistic approach to find solutions that are individualized to a person's needs and wants. Her focus in clinical practice is on complex pelvic pain conditions, functional GI disorders in both women and men, as well as hormonal imbalances involved in pelvic pain conditions. Because of her own experience dealing with endometriosis, she has a particular interest in this population and strives to be an advocate for her patients. She believes that providing accurate, evidence-based knowledge to other healthcare providers regarding the underlying mechanisms, pathophysiology, treatment and management in those suffering with endometriosis, is of utmost importance to provide effective treatment, minimize the time to diagnosis, reduce suffering, and improve their quality of life.