When a patient comes in complaining of abdominal pain, what screening tools do you have at hand? Elizabeth Hampton, PT, WCS, BCB-PMD, PRPC has several suggestions in her post on The Pelvic Rehab Report.

“Evaluating a client with pelvic pain requires a skill set that includes direct pelvic floor as well as musculoskeletal test item clusters. The prioritization of which depends upon many factors including clinician discipline, experience, specialty vs. general setting, as well as client history, presentation and goals. In addition to the direct pelvic floor assessment, there are additional key musculoskeletal screening tests that are an essential part of a pelvic pain assessment.”

A demonstration of thoracic traction, featuring Elizabeth Hampton and Justin Manipis, PT Aide. Thoracic traction can be used in screening for spinal sensitivity contributing to abdominal and pelvic pain.

In her post, Elizabeth describes three physical screening examinations that can be done for these patients, including Carnett’s test, Blumberg’s sign, and seated thoracic traction.

Complex patients can be difficult to diagnose, and may require a therapist with a diverse set of evaluation and treatment techniques at the ready. That’s why Elizabeth Hampton created her course Finding the Driver in Pelvic Pain, which is coming up this June 28-30, 2019 in Columbus, OH. The course was recently updated to include real-time ultrasound, and this event will feature a special presentation from the president of The Prometheus Group®. to discuss ultrasound technology. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn a new approach to musculoskeletal screening for pelvic pain!

To learn more about the Pathway® Ultrasound Imaging System for Lumbopelvic Rehabilitation, please contact The Prometheus Group® at info@theprogrp.com or by calling 1-800-442-2325.