Posterior Pelvic Tilt: Causes, Challenges, and Seating Interventions


Credits: .1 CEU
Presenter: Becky Breaux, MS, OTR/L, ATP



Posterior pelvic tilt is one of the most common positioning challenges encountered in the seating clinic. This postural tendency can influence the individual’s sitting stability, alignment, skin integrity, and functional capabilities. Many factors may contribute such as range of motion limitations at the hips, knees or spine; abnormal movement patterns; improper placement of positioning supports; a seating system that does not fit; the individual’s need for stability and function; or a combination of the above. This session will review methods for assessing these underlying factors so that optimum postural objectives can be determined for the individual. We will discuss seating interventions and equipment options to address each of the underlying causes.

Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to describe contributing factors that lead an individual to sit with posterior pelvic tilt and the negative consequences of this postural tendency on health, alignment, and function.
The participant will be able to discuss and demonstrate mat exam and seat simulation methods and how to translate these findings to the individual’s optimum postural alignment plan.
The participant will be able to describe and give examples of specific seating interventions to consider for posterior pelvic tilt.

Becky is a Research Instructor and Assistive Technology Specialist with Assistive Technology Partners in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. She has 22 years of experience working as an occupational therapist and educator. She has presented and written articles on a variety of topics related to assistive technology and wheelchair seating and mobility at the local, state, and national levels. Ms. Breaux has experience in a variety of settings to include inpatient pediatric rehabilitation, early intervention, the public schools, and as an educator at the university level. For the past 10 years, she has worked at an outpatient specialty clinic, where she provides wheelchair seating and mobility evaluations for people of all ages with complex rehabilitation technology needs.