Online Course
Treatment Principles for the Lumbar Spine
Increase your confidence to select and apply appropriate treatments for low back pain

1.5-2 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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Treating the lumbar spine can be complex. It can be difficult to know when to apply the techniques you have been taught and how to adapt your plan if the outcome is not as predicted. As will be highlighted in this course, it is important to be as specific as possible, make sure tests are reproducible and watch how test results change over time. While there are many different treatment options for low back pain, this course looks at the treatment-based classification system and specifically at how repeated movements, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation, and lumbar traction can be applied in clinical practice.


The aim of this course is to provide an overview of treatment principles for the lumbar spine.


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

  1. Video 1: Lumbar Treatment
  2. Video 2: Lumbar Active Range of Motion
  3. Video 3: Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation
  4. Video 4: Lumbar Manual Traction
  5. Reading activity
  6. 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.


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 1.5-2 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 1.4 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:

  • discuss three rehabilitation approaches for low back pain described by Alrwaily et al. (2016)
  • identify at least three ways active range of motion exercises can be incorporated into the treatment of individuals with low back pain
  • describe the application and key benefits of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation and lumbar manual traction for individuals with low back pain