Online Course
An Introduction to Clearing the Lumbar Spine
Use expert clinical reasoning skills to quickly rule lumbar spine pathology in or out when a patient has peripheral pain

1.5-2 hours





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Nick Rainey
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Nick is a physical therapist with a passion for teaching and mentoring and evidence-based management of his patients

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Clearing the lumbar spine is an essential skill for every physiotherapist. In some cases, it is easy to determine if the lumbar spine is the cause of a patient's symptoms. However, in other cases, particularly where there are peripheral symptoms and no clear mechanism of injury, it is more difficult. As will be discussed in this course, there are specific features of the subjective and objective assessments that enable clinicians to effectively determine whether these peripheral symptoms are related to the lumbar spine.


This course aims to enable physiotherapists to effectively clear the lumbar spine when assessing patients with peripheral symptoms.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss lumbar pain referral patterns
  • list four systems that can be used to help classify back pain
  • explain the role of a body chart in clearing the lumbar spine
  • elect an appropriate set of tests that can be used to clear the lumbar spine

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Great course! I learned a lot from it, and it assisted me in understanding areas of the lumbar spine and lumbar clearance that I had not covered after leaving University. I will put the content to practice in my day-to-day work.
Scott Gibson
The course is clear and the lecturer has the ability to go straight to the point, showing great clinical experience.
Excellent presentation by Nick Rainey. Job well done!
Claudia Dixon
Physical Therapist
United States
I love this course, I hope this helps to get the close diagnosis, which helps in my treatment
Girija prasad chaube
Very simple, practical and implementable ideas in this course
Murtuza Rangwala