April 2-3, 2022 – Lumbopelvic Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging: A Clinical Training Course | Northwestern Medicine Chicago IL

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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.   The ability to qualitatively assess motor control in real-time followed by visual feedback training has been shown to improve clinical decision-making and superior patient performance. 

This two-day course provides lectures as well as hands-on instruction for the utilization of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI) for addressing lumbopelvic dysfunction.  The material will explore the basic science, clinical evidence, relevant anatomy, image generation, and ultrasound probe techniques for evaluation of tissue morphology and motor pattern training.  Clinical applications include a variety of lumbopelvic dysfunctions to include lumbosacral pain, urinary incontinence, diastasis rectus, pelvic organ prolapse, outlet dysfunction constipation, and chronic pelvic pain. 

This course format will begin with live lectures, followed by technique demonstrations and hands-on lab training sessions with ultrasound equipment.  Faculty will be present during all lab sessions for assistance in learning RUSI techniques.  The afternoon of day two is specific to pelvic health diagnoses.  Non-pelvic clinicians may stay for the lecture but will not be participating in the transperineal labs. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Ultrasound 101: US physics, knobology, image generation, anatomic image interpretation
  • Systematic techniques for performing an ultrasound scan on any region of the body
  • Anterior abdominal wall
  • Lateral abdominal wall
  • Pelvic floor:  Transabdominal approach 
  • Pelvic floor:  Transperineal approach for males and females
  • Lumbar multifidus
  • Respiratory Diaphragm
  • Midline contents of the pelvis for prolapse, post-void residual, and megarectum
  • Using RUSI to market and grow your practice

Prerequisites: Licensed health care provider with a solid grasp of lumbopelvic anatomy, and rehabilitation of the muscles of local control.  Prior ultrasound experience or equipment is not required.  Pelvic floor training is required for participation in the transperineal labs.

Target Audience: Course content is directed toward improving a clinician’s skill in the evaluation and treatment of lumbopelvic rehabilitation and is appropriate for all rehab clinicians.  Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Certified OT Assistants. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s state license or regulations.

Upon course completion, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand current clinical applications of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI) in the scope of physical therapy
  2. Understand basic imaging principles and terminology
  3. Understand the science and equipment requirements to perform rehabilitative ultrasound imaging
  4. Understand the Prescan sequence and standard US protocol
  5. Be able to Identify relevant sonographic landmarks, and morphology for the abdominal wall, pelvic floor, bladder, and lumbar multifidus on an ultrasound image
  6. Be able to make basic morphologic and morphometric measurements of anatomy and motor function including muscle thickness and post-void residual utilizing RUSI
  7. Be able to identify correct and incorrect motor control strategies utilizing RUSI for the abdominal wall, lumbar multifidus, and pelvic floor muscles
  8. Be able to identify pelvic organ prolapse, elevated PFM tension, poor pressure management, and behaviors contributing to incontinence
  9. Understand how RUSI can contribute to clinical decision making to improve the management of patients with a variety of lumbopelvic dysfunctions
  10. Incorporate RUSI into a comprehensive program for the treatment of pelvic health for male and female patients

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