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This course will provide background of the pathophysiology of PGAD/GPD, and how to approach pelvic floor therapy management and treatment for patient's with this condition.
1. The health practitioner be able to define PGAD/GPD.
2. The health practitioner will be able to describe the pathophysiology of PGAD/GPD and the 5 regions that may be causing or contributing to symptoms.
3. The health practitioner will be able to describe the role of the pelvic floor therapist among the 5 regions.
4. The health practitioner will be able to describe various pelvic floor therapy treatment strategies in the management and treatment of PGAD/GPD.
April Patterson, PT, MSPT is the owner of Whole Body Physical Therapy in Studio City, CA, a private practice specializing in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy for all sexes & gender identities. April uses a whole body approach to evaluation and treatment of pelvic and orthopedic conditions. Her passion for pelvic health began through her own journey in healing and managing her own conditions of PGAD/GPD, pelvic pain, persistent back, and hip pain, as well as increasing symptoms during both of her pregnancies, and post-partum. She realized just how underserved this patient population is, and how pelvic floor therapy should be a standard of care for both pregnant and post-partum individuals, for those undergoing genital or abdomino-pelvic surgeries, for those with genito-pelvic dysesthesia, and for anyone with bladder, bowel, and/or sexual dysfunction. April's physical therapy career began after graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, in 2003, earning a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She practiced in orthopedics for 9 years and became a board- certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS), in 2008. She then shifted her practice to focus on pelvic health in 2012, after giving birth to her second child. She wanted to learn how to evaluate & treat the pelvic floor, which often seemed to be the missing piece of the puzzle with many of her orthopedic patients who had persistent back, hip, pelvic girdle, and tailbone pain. April was also inspired to learn the manual therapy techniques that were vital to her own healing, and return to full function, through taking continuing education courses in fascial, visceral, and nerve mobilization, and craniosacral therapy, with the goal to serve her patients better, and help them return to their optimal function. April is a patient consultant for The Center of Excellence for Genito-Pelvic Dysesthesia in San Diego, CA. She also works as a pelvic health physical therapy consultant for Soul Source Therapeutic Devices. April is a teaching assistant for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute's Visceral Mobilization Courses. She is a member of The Academy of Pelvic Health Section of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association), a member of ISSWSH (International Society of the Study of Women's Sexual Health), and of ISSM (International Society for Sexual Medicine). April co-authored a manuscript published in February 2021, in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, titled, International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) Review of Epidemiology and Pathophysiology, and a Consensus Nomenclature and Process of Care for the Management of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder/Genito-Pelvic Dysesthesia (PGAD/GPD). She has been a speaker, panelist, and/or attendee at the PGAD special interest group at the ISSWSH annual meeting for the last 4 years.