Musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapists’ knowledge of pelvic organ prolapse in Australia - A pilot survey

Kerstin McPherson, Irmina Nahon, Gordon Waddington

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Aim: To examine musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapists’ knowledge of pelvic organ prolapse in Australia.

Design: An online survey was developed with Survey Monkey to explore the knowledge of pelvic organ prolapse in Australian musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapists.

Method: The survey consisted of 18 questions and was distributed through social media sites.

Results: There were only 16 responses. The majority of respondents are unsure how many women they manage have pelvic organ prolapse, although as one response notes “over 40% women have a prolapse and as physiotherapists prescribe exercises, it is important to know which client has reduced pelvic organ support.” Few respondents directly ask about pelvic organ prolapse symptoms in those clients with lumbopelvic, hip and groin dysfunction. Most responses indicated they had very little knowledge of pelvic organ prolapse, especially those in the athletic population and those women who are lifting heavy weights.

Conclusion/Key Practice Points:
• Further research is needed to explore physiotherapist’s knowledge, identification of symptoms and management of women with pelvic organ prolapse within all area of physiotherapy
• Further education is needed for all physiotherapists in the identification of symptoms, risk factors and the assessment and management of pelvic organ prolapse.


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