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Pelvic Floor Assessment - Are We Choosing the Wrong Anchor?

How do we avoid going down the wrong road with a patient after their evaluation and assessment?

Pelvic Floor Assessment - Are We Choosing the Wrong Anchor?

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This 'sode was inspired by a question in the Huddle regarding how we evaluate pelvic floor strength in patients. Many of you said you only do it because it helps with getting insurance reimbursement. But it's really, really hard not to allow that information to cloud your plan of care!

In this 'sode we talk about the 'anchor bias' - the tendency of the mind to over-focus and rely too heavily on a single piece of information. There are several ways this can affect pelvic floor therapists, including:

  • An arbitrary 'strength' measurement taken during the evaluation

  • Relying on a medical diagnosis

  • Focusing more on their initial primary symptom rather than looking at the whole picture

The information we gather is 'sticky' in our minds, and it's hard - even if we know the information is extraneous - to not allow it to affect our actions. Enjoy the 'sode!

As Nicole said in the full episode:

“With the anchoring bias, it forces us to explain to the patient what we are doing, especially when we are in someone’s pelvic floor." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS

Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.

Dedicated to forever changing pelvic health with online clinical courses to help you be more confident in your practice and business resources to help start and grow pelvic health businesses.

Jesse Cozean, MBA

Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.

Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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