By Riva Preil
On Friday November 1, Beyond Basics Physical Therapy’s very own Amy Stein and Dania Kafka presented a talk to the physicians, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists at the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice. The goal of the talk was to educate the health care providers on pelvic floor physical therapy and how we can help their patient population. Please enjoy the following interview with Amy Stein as she reflects upon the experience.
1. How many medical care providers were present?
Approximately 20 people in total were in attendance.
2. Based on the questions and comments from the audience, how much knowledge did the practitioners have about pelvic floor dysfunction?
The knowledge base varied- for example, Stephen Kanter, the supervisor of rehabilitation services at the center, is fairly well-versed in pelvic floor physical therapy. This is mainly because I have spoken with him at length in the past about the benefits of pelvic floor physical therapy. He has also read my book, Heal Pelvic Pain, and he found it very beneficial from a practitioner’s point of view. However, most of those present had NO IDEA what pelvic floor physical therapy is.
3. What was the highlight of the talk for you?
Both Dania and I were appreciative of how well we were received. Also, as mentioned earlier, we were surprised how many medical care providers were completely unaware of the benefits of pelvic floor physical therapy. Therefore, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to enlighten them and open their eyes to the world of pelvic floor physical therapy. By doing so, more individuals who are suffering can be appropriately referred for help.