Spinal Malignancy

Online Course: Spinal Malignancy

Introducing a framework to enhance a clinician's ability to screen for serious spinal pathology

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Presented by:

Laura Finucane

Consultant physiotherapist, specialist interest in red flags, Vice President of IFOMPT

1-1.5 hours

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Between 1% and 5% of all musculoskeletal presentations in primary care are due to serious pathology. Spinal malignancy is the second most common serious pathology of the spine. However, identifying these types of pathologies as the cause of musculoskeletal pain is very complex. This course reviews a framework that has been developed to enable clinicians to identify patients with serious pathology as part of a differential diagnosis, as quickly and reliably as possible. This course will introduce spinal malignancy and explore the basis and application of this framework in detail.


This course aims to introduce spinal malignancy and describe a framework developed to aid early detection of serious spinal pathology.


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.

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