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Low Back Pain
An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists

15 -18 hours





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Low back pain is a very common health problem worldwide and a major cause of reduced disability – affecting performance at work and general well-being. It affects people of all ages, from children to the elderly, and is a very frequent reason for consultations. The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study estimated that low back pain is among the top 10 diseases and injuries that account for the highest number of Disability Adjusted Life Years worldwide.


This course aims to provide a review of the relevant anatomy, explores epidemiology and covers evidence based assessment and management approaches.


  • Section one: Introduction to LBP, epidemiology and functional anatomy review.
  • Section two: Review lumbar conditions
  • Section three: Lumbar Examination and classification of LBP
  • Section four: Current management approaches

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.


This course is divided into 4 sections/weeks and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section/week to take around 15 -18 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.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and Plus points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! 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 14.6 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 you will need to:

  1. abide by the Plus Community Culture
  2. log as completed all the required reading and video viewing activities
  3. actively participate in the course forum discussions
  4. pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
  5. complete a course evaluation form
Featured reviews
This course is excellent and is very comprehensive! I enjoyed the opinions from professionals worldwide, and it was great to see different perspectives and ideas from researchers in the field.
Andrew Davidson
This course has been beneficial in my research of Low Back Pain, and the articles were also varied to encourage comparison in decision-making. I would advise other therapists to choose Physio plus as an option for study. Thank you again!
Gladys Mwangi
This course gave me what I was looking for - a comprehensive overview of all aspects of Lower Back Pain!
Angus Taylor
United Kingdom
Excellent refresher course for me, changing my pre-conceived ideas about whether I could manage a return to practice
David Ives
United Kingdom
This is an excellent and comprehensive course in helping you understand back pain and how to manage clients better!
Amanda Hall
United Kingdom
This course is so informative and enlightening, and a must - take for every Physiotherapist! I will also encourage anyone taking this course to approach it with a open mind and to freely to participate in the discussion forum.
David Saater Gideon
I’ve been stuck in a rut of hands-on therapy and the onus being on me and what I do. This has made me think about how I assess and then subgroup for the best prognosis. There is so much in this module! Thank you!
Anita Tattershall
United Kingdom
I thought this was an excellent course for new graduates as well as more experienced physios. There is a wealth of content, and summaries and links to recent research in the field of non-specific lower back pain, it also brings one up-to-date on current thoughts and recommendations from leaders in the field.
Kirsty Manderson
I thought that this was an amazing course that taught me heaps of information on LBP. I especially liked the way the course was build up from easy to more complex stuff.
Premerlani Soraya
The Low Back Pain course is an extensive course that covers all the fundamentals about low back pain but also gives you the opportunity to really delve into the matter.
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