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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 / 490 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
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S2293 for 10/31/13 to 10/31/14; 14S1737 for 11/01/14 to 11/01/15; 15S2352 for 11/02/15 to 11/02/16; 16S2257 for 11/03/16 to 11/03/17; 17S60308 for 11/4/17 to 11/4/18); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP140022323 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023810 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27186 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539584 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539584 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 5382 for 11/05/13 to 11/04/14; 5831 for 11/05/14 to 11/04/15; 2227 for 11/05/15 to 11/04/16; 2016-535 for 11/05/17 to 11/04/17); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE005595 for 11/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007017 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009921 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1562-2012 from 12/17/13 to 01/31/14; 367-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-860 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 11/05/13 to 11/05/17 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/05/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
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. OnCourse Learning 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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Jason M - Wernersville, PA  ·  Nov 15, 2018
good content and presentation.
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Patricia L - Mattawan, MI  ·  Nov 14, 2018
Not geared toward nurses, definitely for an advance Physical Therapist.
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Alicia R - Oxnard , CA  ·  Nov 11, 2018
Chronic pelvic pain course made me more aware of the importance to understand to better assist patients within in-patient and out-patient settings.
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Mary Jane L - Newark, DE  ·  Nov 10, 2018
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Robert E - Clifton Heights, PA  ·  Nov 07, 2018
excellent course and information
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Price: $19.00
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