Participants who register for this course have the option to attend the course live and/or watch the recorded sessions later. The recording will be available to all registrants for a 2-week period after the course/each session. This allows participants who may not be able to attend the live sessions to still benefit from the course content.
To facilitate attendance tracking, please indicate on your registration form if you won't be attending live.
Ultrasound imaging allows for valid, reliable, efficient and non-invasive measurement of motor control deficits of the deep stabilizing muscles that are associated with neuromusculoskeletal disorders in the Lumbopelvic region. The ability to qualitatively assess motor control as well as visually train muscle function has been shown to lead to improved clinical decision-making and patient performance.
Participants in this one-day remote course will be instructed in the basic science and clinical evidence for the use of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI) for addressing lumbopelvic dysfunction. We will explore the relevant anatomy, landmarks, and ultrasound probe technique required for evaluation of tissue morphology, motor control behaviors, as well as motor pattern training for the anterior and lateral abdominal wall, pelvic floor, and lumbar multifidus. The pelvic floor, bladder and midline contents of the pelvis will be addressed in two ways including transabdominal and transperineal approach for male and female patients. This course offers live lectures followed by live-model demonstrations providing interaction, questions, and real-time observation of RUSI. Participants must have a solid grasp of pelvic floor function and rehabilitation of the muscles of local control, prior ultrasound experience or equipment is not required.
Goals and Objectives
- Understand current clinical applications of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI) in the scope of physical therapy
- Understand basic imaging principles and terminology
- Understand how RUSI can be utilized for evaluation of aberrant motor control strategies
- Understand the basic science and equipment required to perform rehabilitative ultrasound imaging
- Be able to Identify relevant sonographic landmarks for the abdominal wall, pelvic floor, bladder and lumbar multifidus on an ultrasound image
- Understand how RUSI can contribute to clinical decision making to improve the management of patients with a variety of lumbopelvic dysfunctions
Audience: This course is open to registered health professionals for whom the use of ultrasound techniques are within the scope of practice.
Prerequisite: Good working knowledge of the muscles of local control. Access to ultrasound equipment OR experience with ultrasound is not required.
Date/Time: February 11, 2024, from 10:00am ET - 7:30pm ET (Toronto). Please convert to your local time zone.
Live attendance is not mandatory for this online course. Enjoy a 2-week window to access and review the course recording, which is sent out on the next business day. We understand that life can be busy, which is why we offer you the freedom to access the course recording(s) during the time-limited viewing period.
Ramona C. Horton MPT completed her graduate training in the US Army–Baylor University Program in Physical Therapy in San Antonio, TX. She then applied her experience with the military orthopedic population in the civilian sector as she developed a growing interest in the field of pelvic dysfunction. Ramona serves as the lead therapist for her clinics pelvic dysfunction program in Medford, OR. Her practice focuses on the treatment of men, women, and children with urological, gynecological, and colorectal issues. Ramona has completed advanced studies in manual therapy with an emphasis on spinal manipulation, and visceral and fascial mobilization.