Online Course
Overview of Lumbar Spine Assessment
Fine tune your lumbar spine assessment and confidently evaluate patients with low back pain

1-1.5 hours





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Shala Cunningham
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Dr. Shala Cunningham is an experienced physiotherapist and professor who specialises in orthopaedics and manual therapy

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Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in most countries. Years lived with disability caused by low back pain are continuing to increase, and the socioeconomic burden of low back pain is high. Around half of all individuals with low back pain seek care, and it is estimated that around 60 percent of patients presenting to a primary care physician have a complaint of low back pain. Rehabilitation providers must, therefore, be able to perform a thorough lumbar spine assessment to rule out red flags and determine the optimal management approach. This course provides an overview of the lumbar spine evaluation with practical demonstrations of important assessment techniques.


This course aims to provide a comprehensive guide to the lumbar spine assessment for rehabilitation professionals.


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.


  • 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 1.3 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 key subjective and objective components of a lumbar spine assessment
  • select a likely diagnosis for a patient with low back pain based on findings in simple case scenarios

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.