Differentiating Inflammatory and Mechanical Back Pain

Online Course: Differentiating Inflammatory and Mechanical Back Pain

Develop sound clinical reasoning skills to distinguish inflammatory conditions from mechanical back pain

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Christopher Martey

Christopher Martey is an Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the South West of England

1-1.5 hours

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Back pain is a common presenting condition in physiotherapy practice. The majority of patients will be classified as having non-specific mechanical back pain. However, it is essential to be able to identify patients who fall outside of this category, including those whose back pain is inflammatory in origin. This course, the second in a series of courses on spondyloarthropathy, will introduce evidence-based methods to help you to distinguish between these different types of back pain.


The aim of this course is to enable you to differentiate between mechanical and inflammatory back pain.


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

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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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