Online Course: An Introduction to Clearing the Lumbar Spine
Using expert clinical reasoning skills to quickly rule lumbar spine pathology in or out when a patient has peripheral pain
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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:
- Reading activity
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.
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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 1.5 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
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
California Physical Therapy Association
United States - California
Approved for 0.11 CEUs by CPTA #21-421 for 0.15 CEUs
South African Society of Physiotherapy
This course was submitted for accreditation with the SASP. You can start and finish this course and download the certificate at a later stage.
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT000/2021/375 (3 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 1.27 CCUs.
Course recognised by
Physioplus courses should meet the CPD requirements for the Australian Physiotherapy Board (AHPRA). Physioplus is an approved course provider of the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC).
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Lebanese Order of Physiotherapy. All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus courses are recognised under the recertification programme by the New Zealand Board. Courses can be included in registered Physiotherapists CPD plan and recorded as part of the required 100 hours of CPD over a three year period.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – Montana
The State Board does not pre-approve any activities or sponsors for CE credits. Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development as Category B activities.
United States – States accepting accreditation from other States
Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia
The state board of physical therapy accepts courses accredited by other States. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development based on the Texas Physical Therapy Association accreditation - please check with your state board.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Utah, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
The course is clear and the lecturer has the ability to go straight to the point, showing great clinical experience.
Physical Therapist, United States
Excellent presentation by Nick Rainey. Job well done!
Girija prasad chaube
I love this course, Ihope this helps to get the close diagnosis, which helps in my treatment
Very simple, practical and implementable ideas in this course