Special Projects

Project Five: Women’s Health and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Sallie Rediske MPT, WCS

Can you guess what complex and debilitating multisystem, chronic disease is 2-4 times more likely to affect women than men1, occurs in the United States at a rate greater than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy combined, can in its worst 25% of cases, leave victims bedridden and housebound for decades2, and is learned about in fewer than one-third of American medical schools3?

Project Four : Review of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Exercise Websites

A special project by the Pelvic Physical Therapy Distance Journal Club completed July 2019.

Ann Dunbar PT, DPT, MS, WCS
Beth Shelly PT, DPT, WCS, BCB PMD
Trisha Jenkyns PT, DPT, WCS
Elizabeth Lewis PT, OCS, WCS
Susan Parker PT, DPT
Lynn F Gray-Meltzer PT, DPT, OCS, CLT

Purpose: The goal of this project was to review and grade websites that teach pelvic organ prolapse safe exercises based on current research and combined clinical expertise. A task force of six pelvic physical therapists, experts within the Pelvic Physical Therapy Distance Journal Club, reviewed websites.  The resulting report is intended to assist consumers and professionals in choosing POP safe exercises.

This project is the results of many months of review and collaboration of the authors.  Although there are often more questions than answers we hope it provides valuable information for your clinical practice. 

  1. Full Professional Document
  2. Table of brief summaries and scores
  3. Appendix of all rubrics
  4. POP Support Group – https://www.pelvicorganprolapsesupport.org/exercising-and-fitness-with-pop
  5. Patient Version

Project Three: Pelvic “repositioning” exercises

Article review and integration with Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) techniques. Video conference call with Beth Shelly and Michelle Spicka recorded on May 1, 2019.

Video Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHoWW9VoOps&t=18s

Project Two: Ultrasound for assessment of Male PFM following Radical Prostatectomy

featuring Dr Jo Milios PT PhD – Perth, Australia recorded April 7, 2019.

Audio Recording

Pelvic floor muscle assessment in men post- prostatectomy: comparing digital rectal examination and real time ultrasound approaches’ J Milios, Australia New Zeal Cont J Summer 2018 Vol 24 Number 4 p105-111.

‘Application of two pelvic floor muscle function tests in men following radical prostatectomy relationship to urinary incontinence’. J Milios, Australia New Zeal Cont J Autumn 2019 Vol 25 N1, 4-8.

Project One: Pelvic PT Distance Journal Club – Male Study Group 2015

A group of 11 international Pelvic PTs completed a survey, convened 3 phone conferences and multiple email interactions to create a document summarizing the current status of practice with research to support practice as available.