An Introduction to Clearing the Lumbar Spine

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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Nick Rainey

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

1.5-2 hours

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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.

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