Pregnancy & Postpartum Update Course

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This continuing education course on the childbearing year provides the rehabilitation health care professional with the evaluative and intervention skills to address the common problems that occur during this time.  Anatomy, common clinical presentations and current research regarding interventions will update the provider.



Low back and pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy and afterward are common global problems, affecting approximately 45% of all pregnant women. Women can be well served by their health care provider who is knowledgeable regarding common symptoms and impairments and who utilizes an evidenced based approach when developing the plan of care. Musculoskeletal dysfunction that will be presented include: postural, round ligament, diastasis rectus abdominus (DRA), pelvic floor dysfunction, pubic symphysis dysfunction, sacroiliac dysfunction, piriformis syndrome, transient osteoporosis and coccydynia.

Current exercise guidelines and evidenced based interventions will be reviewed. Detailed case examples will be presented.

Open to PT, PTA, OT, OTA & AT.

At the completion of the seminar, participant will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current literature and best evidence regarding low back and pelvic girdle pain, interventions and predictors of long term disability.
  • Be able to identify cardiovascular considerations during pregnancy and effect on interventions.
  • Be able to recognize signs and symptoms of common musculoskeletal dysfunction that occurs during pregnancy and postpartum and the anatomical changes that occur (see program description detail).
  • Identify outcome tools to use with this population.
  • Know what are appropriate interventions, including therapeutic exercises and guidelines for exercising during pregnancy.


(sample block) as this could be an morning or evening

7:30 Registration
8:00 Introduction/literature review LBP and pelvic girdle pain, interventions and predictors of long term disability, Cardiovascular considerations
8:30 Common musculoskeletal dysfunction
10:00 Break
10:15 Outcome tools and interventions: including therapeutic exercise, exercise guidelines, posture/body mechanics, low back and sacroiliac belts
11:15 Case examples
12:00 Summary/Questions and Answers
12:15 Course Evaluations

Read Deborah’s published work about pregnancy on ResearchGate.