Online Course
Lumbar Differential Diagnosis
Key insights to help distinguish between pain originating in the spine and the extremities

1-1.5 hours

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Nick Rainey
Course instructor

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

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Introduction

Low back pain is a common presenting condition in physiotherapy clinics. The physiotherapy assessment aims to screen individuals for serious spinal conditions and identify impairments that may be contributing to a patient's pain. A comprehensive assessment and clinical reasoning process will enable clinicians to differentiate between pain which originates in the spine or the extremities. This course details key features to explore in your lumbar differential diagnosis that will help you to distinguish between potential sources of pain.

Aims

This course aims to provide an overview of key features to consider when developing a differential diagnosis for individuals with low back pain.

Outline

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.

Practicalities

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 0.8 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 plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify at least two situations when imaging can be useful for individuals with low back pain
  • discuss at least three factors which can contribute to low back pain
  • identify the key differences between diagnosis with classification
  • identify at least four features which help to differentiate between spinogenic pain and pain originating in the extremities