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Chronic Pelvic Pain

A Clinical Guide to Screening, Examination, and Referral for the Orthopedic Therapist

by Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT and Sarah P Talley, PT, DPT
(4.3 / 532 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Chronic pelvic pain is an umbrella term that may include many different diagnoses and is defined as cyclical or noncyclical pain lasting for more than three to six months that causes functional deficit or requires medical or surgical treatment. Pain described by those with CPP may be broad, extending from the umbilicus to the thigh, anterior and/or posterior, including the perineum and associated areas. Vulvar pain and vulvodynia are considered separate from CPP due to the focal nature of symptoms specific to the vulva. However, due to comorbidities of vulvar pain and CPP with other pain syndromes and musculoskeletal contributions, consideration of both must be made when screening patients with pelvic pain.


The goal of this continuing education program is to assist physical therapists in appropriate screening, examination, and referral of patients who present to the orthopedic clinic with pelvic pain. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the relationship of pelvic, hip, and lumbar musculature to pelvic pain
  • List appropriate screening questions that are useful in determining potential sources of pelvic pain
  • Identify criteria for referral, treatment with referral, or treatment only of patients with pelvic pain and identify appropriate providers for referral

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 11/16/2018 to 6/11/2019.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S8344 for 11/5/18 to 11/5/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-539584 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-246 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 11/05/17 to 11/05/21.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/31/17 to 07/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 10/1/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/23/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/23/2020


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Josh M - Bullard, TX  ·  Mar 07, 2019
Coming from someone who has been in acute care primarily working orthopedics, this was a lot of jargon that I have not heard since I was in PT school. Somewhat overwhelming. Seems like it should've been 2 CEU hours.
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Laura S - Oak Lawn, IL  ·  Feb 04, 2019
Information is easy to understand. Good overview of pelvic pain concepts.
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Peter C - Miami, FL  ·  Jan 31, 2019
It was a great learning experience and review.
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Shelby B - Dallas, TX  ·  Jan 24, 2019
Good intro into pelvic floor issues including anatomy, screening, when to refer, etc.
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Yadira A - Irving, TX  ·  Jan 10, 2019
Fast, easy, good info
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Price: $19.00
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