An Evidence Based Lumbopelvic Examination and Treatment

Course Description:

Do you struggle with the assessment and/or treatment of patients with low back and low back related leg pain? Are you challenged by the complexity of management of this challenging population? Do you have time to keep up with the changes in the evidence and growing trends of best practice of how to treat low back patients? Then this course is for you! This course is developed by a physical therapy educator, clinician, and clinical researcher to ensure a clinically relevant course, which is based on the best evidence to date. The lecture and hands on sessions of the first day will cover in depth, the key components of the evidence supported screening and examination methods of patients with low back and low back related leg pain conditions. Participants will learn a framework for matching appropriate treatments with appropriate diagnosis, as well as updates of the current classifications systems. Based on the classification, the lecture and lab portions of day two will cover the best evidence for the physical therapy management of lumbar instability/hypermobilities, lumbar hypomobility, degenerative disc disease process, and muscular imbalances related to the lumbopelvic region with a lifespan focus. This lecture/lab session also describes the interrelationship between the lumbar spine and SIJ regions and explores the use of these principles in patient management using the most quality research available. This course is designed with evidence supported strategies to help the participant learn and retain knowledge which is ready for clinical practice immediately. Participants will learn from videos, case studies, and hands on application through the two day course.

  1. Perform the screening procedures for identifying red flag and yellow flag disorders commonly associated with the lumbar spine.
  2. Discuss current best evidence for examining and classifying patients with low back pain into appropriate subgroups for best outcomes.
  3. Synthesize the best evidence for the management of low back and low back related leg pain disorders based on classification.
  4. Demonstrate exercise strategies (including motor control) efficiently to address lumbopelvic/and low back related leg pain conditions.
  5. Demonstrate non-thrust techniques efficiently to address lumbopelvic/and low back related leg pain conditions.
  6. Develop an evidence-informed physical therapy management program for low back pain in collaboration with the client/patient, directed at modifying pain, improving function and reducing disability.

What others are saying:

"This course provided the "most up to date" evidence based practices from research pulled from multiple sources. The presenter was incredibly dynamic and engaging, well versed in all current treatment strategies and able to present them in a simplified approach. I feel much more confident in my treatment of the lumbar spine after taking this course. Thank you for the help!" - S Williams, PT

"I feel much more confident in treating the low back and radicular pain after this course. Dr. Megan Donaldson is such an inspiration, a wonderfully enthusiastic and well-rounded PT and clinical instructor. I have more knowledge on the most current, evidence-based studies that confirm the most effective manual therapy based treatments based on the patient's symptoms." - A Sobczak, PT

"I found the course exceptionally informative and logically presented. Vague concepts were clarified, and I found that my proficiency with manual therapy techniques improved. I would highly recommend this course to my colleagues." - Marc Kinloch, PTA

"This was very informative for me as a PTA. It helped me better understand the language and direction of treatments from my PTs. Meghan was also very helpful with critiquing my manual techniques without belittling my performance. Truly enjoyed her ability to educate from all perspectives from research to clinical application." - Jessica Smith, PTA, COTA

"Dr. Donaldson did a wonderful job of presenting and explaining the objectives for this course. Her skills and knowledge have helped immensely with evaluation and treatment skills, and I would appreciate other courses offered in the future by Dr. Donaldson. Thank you for your help and dedication." - Dale Piacentine, PT

"This is the second course that I have taken with Megan as the instructor. I signed up for this course because she did a great job on the first course, and I felt that I benefited greatly from that course. She did a fantastic job presenting this course, giving new and recent information on where PT is and where it is heading. I learned a lot in this course and I hope to have the opportunity to attend future courses presented by Megan Donaldson."      - Jeff McCune, PT

Instructor(s):

Megan Donaldson