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Coccydynia & Painful Sitting - Non-Employees

Thinking Beyond the Pelvic Floor

Session Dates
Aug 27, 2020  |  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Type: For Health Professionals
Blue Jeans video conferencing
Link will be sent to registrants on August 23

Course Sponsor

Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center Princeton Rehabilitation
1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536

Educational Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  1. Define coccydynia and identify prevalence and etiology.
  2. Attendees will be aware of current diagnostic testing for coccydynia.
  3. Attendees will have a brief understanding of medical and surgical treatment options for coccydynia.
  4. Participants will be able to identify the anatomy of coccyx and its muscular, ligamentous, and fascial attachments
  5. Participants will be able to explain the basic functions of coccyx and its kinematics during functional movements and its relation to the sacrum, pelvic girdle, and thoracolumbar spinal mobility.
  6. Therapists will be able to perform a comprehensive external assessment and diagnose coccydynia in the outpatient population.
  7. Therapists will be able to design and execute a plan of care to address coccydynia symptoms.
  8. Participants will be able to establish appropriate Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy referral when warranted.

Continuing Education Credits

This course is pending approval by NJ State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 2 HOURS.


• Physical Therapists
• Physical Therapist Assistants

Course Description

This course is for PTs and PTAs who are interested in learning about coccydynia and painful sitting without internal pelvic floor muscle assessment. Coccydynia, or coccyx pain, substantially reduces the quality of life for patients who suffer from this condition. During this time of digital advancements, information technology, and Covid-19, seated activities are on the rise. As PTs, we ought to be proactively prepared to address rising issues of painful sitting. Although coccydynia is considered a pelvic floor dysfunction, the driving force of this pain can be much higher or lower than the coccyx. Diagnosing and addressing coccydynia symptoms while performing orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment can improve functional outcomes, quality of life, and overall satisfaction rates in the outpatient population. This course will focus on multifactorial external assessment techniques for establishing the diagnosis of coccydynia during an orthopedic evaluation and designing a comprehensive treatment plan thinking beyond the pelvic floor muscles to address coccydynia and painful sitting. This course will also educate PTs and PTAs on how to make an appropriate Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy referral if needed.

Course Schedule

70 minutes:

  • Defining coccydynia, its etiology, and prevalance
  • Diagnostic testing and medical/surgical treatments
  • Coccyx anatomy, function, and kinematics
  • Patient evaluation and assessment
50 minutes:

  • Virtual lab
  • Developing a plan of care and treatment options
  • Question and answer

Educational Information

Certificates will be awarded to participants upon conclusion of the course.

About the Speaker

Iram Fatima Shah, PT, DPT, CLT, STMT

Iram Fatima Shah graduated from Mayo School of Physical Therapy in 1995 and holds her Doctorate from Stockton University (2015). Fatima began treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction in 2005 and continues to advance her knowledge and skill in this field including: completing all levels of the Pelvic Floor Series through Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and taking continuing education courses focused on Coccydynia, Interstitial Cystitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Visceral Mobilization and many more. Fatima is certified in Soft Tissue Mobilization, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, is a Certified Lymphedema Physical Therapist and has been a member of the Lymphology Association of North America since 2019. Fatima has given lectures in the United States and abroad regarding PFM anatomy, its function, and its relation to rest of the body. Although she has explored many avenues in the profession of Physical Therapy, her passion remains pelvic floor rehabilitation and wellness.

Registration Information

Register by August 22, 2020.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds will be accepted only until August 22, 2020.

Registration Fees

Please register below.

Cost: $25.00
Please provide the names of all attendees.