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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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:
- 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 1-1.5 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 0.9 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:
- identify common red flags that should be considered when assessing patients with back pain
- discuss seven areas that should be included in the subjective assessment of a patient presenting with back pain
- choose six key tests or measures that should be included in an objective assessment of a patient presenting with back pain
- select an appropriate classification (i.e. inflammatory or mechanical) for a patient’s back pain in relation to specific case scenarios
- interpret findings from subjective and objective assessments described in specific case scenarios relating to back pain
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT000/2021/268 (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 0.94 CCUs.
Course recognised by
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets 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 – CCUs not required
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, 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.
Very enjoyable short course, clear and concise.
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This is definitely a great course where you can revise information learnt at university. It is worthwhile to refresh your knowledge about differential diagnoses as well as the different outcome measures that can be used to make a diagnosis as well as track progress.