Deborah Riczo

Deborah Riczo

Deborah Riczo

PT, DPT, MEd

Physical Therapist, Educator, Author

Riczo Health Education

About Deborah Riczo

Dr Deborah Riczo is a specialist in pelvic girdle /sacroiliac dysfunction, pregnancy/postpartum issues, women's health, and breast cancer

Dr Deborah Riczo is a renowned speaker and author on pelvic girdle/ sacroiliac pain and dysfunction. She is a licensed Physical Therapist in the State of Ohio and has BS Physical Therapy and Med Sports Management degrees from Cleveland State University and a DPT from Marymount University. Deborah is a leading expert in the evaluation and treatment of sacroiliac/pelvic girdle pain and dysfunction. She is also a specialist in pregnancy/postpartum issues, women’s health, and breast cancer. Deborah is the author of two books on these topics. In 2011, Deborah founded Riczo Health Education and developed continuing education courses for therapists in her specialist areas. She also teaches sacroiliac/pelvic girdle dysfunction at the doctoral level, through webinars, and at state and national conferences.

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Anatomy of the Pelvic Girdle

Pelvic girdle dysfunction can be a disabling condition and may influence the daily function and quality of life of people affected. Physiotherapists often diagnose and manage musculoskeletal disorders affecting the pelvis and excellent knowledge of the anatomy of the pelvic girdle is essential for good patient and treatment outcomes. This course by Deborah Riczo reviews the anatomy of the pelvic girdle with a focus on the bones, joints, ligaments and muscles of the pelvis and surrounding areas.
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Biomechanics and Dynamics of the Pelvic Girdle

The pelvic girdle forms the connection and is also responsible for the transfer of load between the lumbar spine and the lower extremities. The sacroiliac joint is the largest axial joint in the body and an integral part of the pelvic girdle. Research has shown there is very little movement of the sacrum. In this course, the biomechanics and neuromuscular dynamics of the pelvic girdle will be considered. It is of utmost importance for physiotherapists to have a thorough understanding of this area in order to effectively address pelvic girdle dysfunction in their patients.
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Diastasis Recti Abdominis and Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

In this course, Deborah Riczo will discuss diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) and pelvic floor dysfunction. The signs, symptoms, assessment and treatment options for these two conditions will be covered. It is pertinent for any physiotherapist involved in the management of patients with pelvic girdle dysfunction to have a good understanding of these two conditions.
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Introduction to the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method

Pelvic girdle dysfunction can be a debilitating condition that affects the quality of life and daily function of many people. The management of pelvic girdle dysfunction is complex and there are many different approaches used in practice. In this course, Deborah Riczo introduces the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Methodsm, or PGM Methodsm which Deborah developed and has been teaching to physical therapists since 2011, and is the foundation of her 2 books. This method empowers physiotherapists to confidently assess pelvic girdle dysfunction and implement targeted treatment plans that are designed to improve the day-to-day functioning and quality of life of their clients.
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Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction Literature Review

Pelvic girdle dysfunction and sacroiliac joint dysfunction are frequent contributors to low back pain. It is also recognised as a multifactorial problem with specific characteristics such as pain location and provoking activities. Various models of disorders and mechanical dysfunctions have been proposed such as joint laxity, failed load transfer and abnormalities of joint alignment. Because of this diversity in proposed mechanisms, there is diversity in treatments offered, many with little evidence to support them. Even among experts in the area of pelvic girdle dysfunction and sacroiliac pain, there seems to be a lack of consensus with regards to diagnosing and managing these dysfunctions. In this fourth course on pelvic girdle dysfunction, Deborah Riczo provides us with an in-depth review of the available evidence on the diagnosis, interventions and outcome measures of pelvic girdle dysfunction.
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Recognising Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic girdle pain refers to musculoskeletal disorders affecting the pelvis. It primarily involves the sacroiliac joint, the symphysis pubis and the associated ligaments and muscles. It commonly occurs during pregnancy, but can also develop outside of pregnancy. It can be a disabling condition that has an impact on daily function and quality of life. It can even contribute to work absenteeism. Pelvic girdle pain is a global problem, but physiotherapists are in a unique position to offer guidance and provide valuable help to patients. In this course, the first in a series of courses on pelvic girdle pain, Deborah Riczo, discusses the definition, causes, prevalence, risk factors, differential diagnosis, prognosis and subjective clinical findings of pelvic girdle pain.
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Sacroiliac and Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction – PGM Method Programme

Sacroiliac dysfunction affects an estimated 10-30% of persons with non-specific low back pain and is often present with complaints of hip and leg pain on the same side. It often goes undiagnosed and may actually be one of the sources of low back pain. Pelvic girdle and sacroiliac pain affects 56-72% of women during pregnancy and post-partum and 7% continue to have pain and dysfunction for the rest of their lives. Physiotherapists are best suited to help these patients. Deborah Riczo developed the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletalsm (PGM) Method and during the 12 courses in this programme, she will give you the tools to simply, effectively and accurately manage your patients with pelvic girdle dysfunction (PGD).
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The Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method – Pelvic Balancing Exercises

In this sixth course on the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Methodsm, or PGM Methodsm, Deborah Riczo introduces an algorithm of exercises, the PGM Method Pelvic Balancing exercises that are designed to provide pain relief and improved function. These exercises can easily be applied in a clinical or virtual setting and be prescribed as home exercises for patients.
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The PGM Method – Activating the Core, Targeted Strengthening and Stretching for the Pelvic Girdle

An important part of the PGM Methodsm is activating the deep core muscles and addressing muscles that are weak and tight. In the previous course, Deborah Riczo discussed balancing the muscles of the pelvic girdle using PGM exercises in a very specific algorithm. In this follow-up course, Deborah teaches how to activate the deep core muscles, presents an algorithm to guide the progression of core strengthening, and identifies specific muscles that tend to need targeted stretching and strengthening in patients with pelvic girdle dysfunction.
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The PGM Method – Core Strengthening

Core muscles are involved in maintaining spinal and pelvic stability. Physiotherapists regularly prescribe core strengthening exercises to patients with a variety of dysfunctions and injuries. In this tenth course of the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Methodsm, Deborah Riczo discusses core strengthening and teaches practical methods to progress systematically through various levels of core strengthening.
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The PGM Method – Pregnancy and Postpartum Considerations

During pregnancy, the female body undergoes a variety of anatomical and physiological changes. Women often struggle with pain and discomfort during pregnancy and in the postpartum period due to these changes. Physiotherapists are well equipped to prevent and manage many of the musculoskeletal issues that can arise during this time.
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The PGM Method – Sacroiliac Belt and Patient Education

High-quality patient education is an integral component of effective patient care in all healthcare settings, especially in physiotherapy to improve clinical outcomes such as pain, disability and function. It provides a way for clinicians to communicate relevant information while improving patient self-efficacy and self-management skills. In this course, Deborah Riczo discusses the PGMsm Method interventions of patient education and sacroiliac belt use that are beneficial to patients with pelvic girdle dysfunction. It is recommended that these strategies be considered and included as appropriate for the individual, in the management of a patient with pelvic girdle dysfunction.
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