Online Course
Lumbar Radiculopathy Assessment
Gain the skills to confidently assess and diagnose lumbar radiculopathy

1-1.5 hours





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

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Lumbar radiculopathy is usually caused by compression of a lumbar nerve root, resulting in symptoms which radiate down the legs. It causes at least one of the following: decreased strength in the associated myotome, altered sensation in the dermatome or decreased reflexes. While pain is not part of this definition, people with lumbar radiculopathy report various symptoms, including sharp, shooting pain, shocks, numbness or tingling. Lumbar radiculopathy affects approximately 3-5% of the population. Patients may or may not experience back pain with radiculopathy, but roughly 12-40% of people with back pain also experience radiculopathy symptoms. When patients present with radiculopathy symptoms, it is essential to perform a thorough assessment. This course details the general assessment for individuals with signs of lumbar radiculopathy.


This course aims to describe the assessment for lumbar radiculopathy.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  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.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • 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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and 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 1.1 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:

  • describe the main features and common causes of lumbar radiculopathy
  • discuss the key aspects of the objective assessment for lumbar radiculopathy
  • select which nerve root might be affected in case scenarios of patients with lumbar radiculopathy symptoms

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

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