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The Lumbar Spine



NEW - Back to Basics:  10 Facts Every Person Should Know About Back Pain

NEW - Back to Basics: 10 Facts Every Person Should Know About Back Pain

Testimonial:

Excellent value for my practice.  Wendy September, Physiotherapist, Cape Town


Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is often associated with costly, ineffective and sometimes harmful care.  In this short online course, we identify 10 common unhelpful beliefs about LBP and outline how they may influence behavioural and psychological responses to pain. We counter with 10 important facts about LBP, calling on clinicians to incorporate these into their interactions with patients. The infographic is designed for the public use.

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3

CEUs

400.00

NEW - Treating Low Back Pain - Bridging the Gap between Manual Therapy and Exercise

NEW - Treating Low Back Pain - Bridging the Gap between Manual Therapy and Exercise

Testimonials:  

Excellent value for my practice.  Jo-ane Paulsen, Physiotherapist, George 

Loved it. Thank you for inspiring me again to be better!!!  Excellent value for my practice.  Annamey Graham, Physiotherapist, Windhoek

Excellent value for my practice.  Dwayne Phillips, Physiotherapist, Cape Town 

Excellent value for my practice.  Heather Auditore, Physiotherapist, Groot Jongensfontein

Good value for my practice.  Ashwin Jacobs, State Employed Physiotherapist, Port Elizabeth 

Good value for my practice.  Anri Matthee, Community Service Physiotherapist, Vredenburg 

Excellent value for my practice.   Rushay Arendse, State Employed Physiotherapist, Uitenhage 

Excellent value for my practice.  Amore Barry, Physiotherapist, Calitzdorp 

Good value for my practice.  Patrizia Van Zyl, Physiotherapist, Ashton 

Excellent value for my practice.  Carin McDonald, Physiotherapist, George 

Good value for my practice.  Kerry-Leigh Fargher, Biokineticist, Grahamstown 

 

As therapists, we often recommend exercise to reduce patients’ low-back pain, as well as increase their active range of motion and muscle strength. However, physical therapists face a challenge when recommending exercise to reduce low-back pain because the pain itself often inhibits the patient’s ability to exercise or perform activities of daily living. This situation becomes even more challenging if the prescribed exercise progam aggravates the individual’s low-back pain.   

This article discusses a method which provides for the effective treatment of low back pain by allowing patients to exercise pain free earlier in the rehabilitation process.  The method comprises a unique approach utilizing the following four components simultaneously from the onset of treatment: isometric muscle contraction (IMC); assisted active oscillatory mobilization; end-of-range passive stretch; and mindfulness.

3

CEUs

400.00

NEW - Treating Low Back Pain – Movement Therapy Approach

NEW - Treating Low Back Pain – Movement Therapy Approach

Testimonials: 

Excellent value for my practice.  Lorianne Evans, Physiotherapist, Johannesburg 

Good value for my practice.  Kerry-Leigh Fargher, Biokineticist, Grahamstown 

Good value for my practice.  Ryan Cummings, Physiotherapist, Cape Town 

Excellent value for my practice.  Marlize Marais, Physiotherapist, Boksburg


As therapists, we often recommend exercise to reduce patients’ low-back pain, as well as increase their active range of motion and muscle strength. However, physical therapists face a challenge when recommending exercise to reduce low-back pain because the pain itself often inhibits the patient’s ability to exercise or perform activities of daily living. This situation becomes even more challenging if the prescribed exercise progam aggravates the individual’s low-back pain.  

This article discusses a method which provides for the effective treatment of low back pain by allowing patients to exercise pain free earlier in the rehabilitation process.  The method comprises a unique approach utilizing the following four components simultaneously from the onset of treatment: isometric muscle contraction (IMC); assisted active oscillatory movement; end-of-range passive stretch; and mindfulness.

3

CEUs

400.00

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain:  Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 1

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain: Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 1

Many clinical practice guidelines recommend similar approaches for the assessment and management of low back pain. Recommendations include use of a biopsychosocial framework to guide management with initial nonpharmacological treatment, including education that supports self-management and resumption of normal activities and exercise, and psychological programmes for those with persistent symptoms. 

However, globally, gaps between evidence and practice exist, with limited use of recommended first-line treatments and inappropriately high use of imaging, rest, opioids, spinal injections, and surgery. The advances with the greatest potential are arguably those that align practice with the evidence, reduce the focus on spinal abnormalities, and ensure promotion of activity and function, including work participation. 

We have identified effective, promising, or emerging solutions that could offer new directions.

3

CEUs

400.00

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain:  Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 2

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain: Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 2

Many clinical practice guidelines recommend similar approaches for the assessment and management of low back pain. Recommendations include use of a biopsychosocial framework to guide management with initial nonpharmacological treatment, including education that supports self-management and resumption of normal activities and exercise, and psychological programmes for those with persistent symptoms. 

However, globally, gaps between evidence and practice exist, with limited use of recommended first-line treatments and inappropriately high use of imaging, rest, opioids, spinal injections, and surgery. The advances with the greatest potential are arguably those that align practice with the evidence, reduce the focus on spinal abnormalities, and ensure promotion of activity and function, including work participation. 

We have identified effective, promising, or emerging solutions that could offer new directions.

3

CEUs

400.00

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain:  Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 3

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain: Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 3

Many clinical practice guidelines recommend similar approaches for the assessment and management of low back pain. Recommendations include use of a biopsychosocial framework to guide management with initial nonpharmacological treatment, including education that supports self-management and resumption of normal activities and exercise, and psychological programmes for those with persistent symptoms. 

However, globally, gaps between evidence and practice exist, with limited use of recommended first-line treatments and inappropriately high use of imaging, rest, opioids, spinal injections, and surgery. The advances with the greatest potential are arguably those that align practice with the evidence, reduce the focus on spinal abnormalities, and ensure promotion of activity and function, including work participation. 

We have identified effective, promising, or emerging solutions that could offer new directions.

3

CEUs

400.00

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Physical Examination of the Lumbar Spine - Part 1

Physical Examination of the Lumbar Spine - Part 1

Testimonials:

Good value for my practice.  Amy Smythe, Physiotherapist, Ladysmith 

Good value for my practice.  Kristen Meagan Nicholson, Physiotherapist, Johannesburg


Because low back pain can involve a multitude of factors, how you examine your LBP patients is critical. 

In part 1 of this course, we look at the factors that warrant consideration for their possible presence and role in a patient’s low back disorder.We also pay attention to non-musculoskeletal pathology, mechanical factors, ageing and degeneration, structural anomalies and muscle dysfunction. 

Part 2 covers the objective examination of the lumbar spine and includes observation, interpretation and analysis of active movements, neurological testing, tension tests, manual segmental examination, muscular examination and the interpretation of the conclusion of the examination.


3

CEUs

400.00

Physical Examination of the Lumbar Spine - Part 2

Physical Examination of the Lumbar Spine - Part 2

Because low back pain can involve a multitude of factors, how you examine your LBP patients is critical.

In part 1 of this course, we look at the factors that warrant consideration for their possible presence and role in a patient’s low back disorder.We also pay attention to non-musculoskeletal pathology, mechanical factors, ageing and degeneration, structural anomalies and muscle dysfunction.

Part 2 covers the objective examination of the lumbar spine and includes observation, interpretation and analysis of active movements, neurological testing, tension tests, manual segmental examination, muscular examination and the interpretation of the conclusion of the examination.

3

CEUs

400.00

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 1

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 1

Testimonials:

Excellent value for my practice.  Dr Jacques Bezuidenhout, Chiropractor, Centurion

Good value for my practice.  Khumbuza Reagan Cele, Physiotherapist, Stellenbosch 

Gave me such structure to evaluations.  Excellent value for my practice.  Annamey Graham, Physiotherapist, Windhoek 

Good value for my practice.  Heidi Gouws, Physiotherapist, Port Alfred


Here’s a method that’s been proved to assist millions of people worldwide to reduce and eliminate musculoskeletal disorders - empowering patients to take control of their own symptoms and management, getting them pain free as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

It can also establish a patient’s directional preference and determine movements likely to help abolish the pain and restore function.

This three-part course, which must be taken together, is a must for any professional who treats back and neck pain.


3

CEUs

400.00

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 2

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 2

Testimonials:

Good value for my practice.  Khumbuza Reagan Cele, Physiotherapist, Stellenbosch 

Very good information.  Excellent value for my practice.  Annamey Graham, Physiotherapist, Windhoek


Here’s a method that’s been proved to assist millions of people worldwide to reduce and eliminate musculoskeletal disorders - empowering patients to take control of their own symptoms and management, getting them pain free as quickly and cost effectively as possible. 

It can also establish a patient’s directional preference and determine movements likely to help abolish the pain and restore function. 

This three-part course, which must be taken together, is a must for any professional who treats back and neck pain.



3

CEUs

400.00

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 3

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 3

Testimonials:

Good value for my practice.  Khumbuza Reagan Cele, Physiotherapist, Stellenbosch

Excellent value for my practice.  Annamey Graham, Physiotherapist, Windhoek


Here’s a method that’s been proved to assist millions of people worldwide to reduce and eliminate musculoskeletal disorders - empowering patients to take control of their own symptoms and management, getting them pain free as quickly and cost effectively as possible. 

It can also establish a patient’s directional preference and determine movements likely to help abolish the pain and restore function. 

This three-part course, which must be taken together, is a must for any professional who treats back and neck pain.



3

CEUs

400.00

The Effectiveness of Generalised and Specific Lumbar/Cervical Mobilisation on Pain and ROM

The Effectiveness of Generalised and Specific Lumbar/Cervical Mobilisation on Pain and ROM

What interventions do you use to treat spinal pain? Joint mobilisation? Anything else? Do you focus on a specific level? Why? Is there perhaps a better way to do things?

The problem with joint mobilisation is that – on its own – it’s not all that well understood, which could be why it is routinely used in conjunction with other interventions. There is also a great deal of controversy about the role of ‘specific level’ techniques in producing benefit.


This course will examine the effects of a single session of joint mobilization on pain at rest and with most painful movement, and compare the effects when joint mobilization is provided to a specific or non-specific spinal level.

3

CEUs

400.00

The Sacro-Iliac Joint - Part 1

The Sacro-Iliac Joint - Part 1

Testimonials:

Excellent value for my practice.  Candice Hall, Biokineticist, Cape Town

Good value for my practice.  Nadia Ferreira, Physiotherapist, Mtunzini 

Good value for my practice.  Dieketseng Moloi, Physiotherapist, Kroonstad 

Good value for my practice.  Reinette Hattingh, Physiotherapist, Pretoria 

Excellent value for my practice.  Surene Janse van Vuuren, Biokineticist, Brakpan


We all know that physical factors impact joint motion. But what factors influence the actual mechanics of the joint? Are they purely “mechanical”, or could something else be at play?

This course briefly outlines the assessment findings and the principles for management of the various factors that impact function of the SIJ. It also provides a comprehensive methodology for the effective management of pelvic pain and dysfunction.



3

CEUs

400.00

The Sacro-Iliac Joint - Part 2

The Sacro-Iliac Joint - Part 2

Testimonial:

Excellent value for my practice.  Dieketseng Moloi, Physiotherapist, Kroonstad

 

We all know that physical factors impact joint motion. But what factors influence the actual mechanics of the joint? Are they purely “mechanical”, or could something else be at play?

This course briefly outlines the assessment findings and the principles for management of the various factors that impact function of the SIJ. It also provides a comprehensive methodology for the effective management of pelvic pain and dysfunction

3

CEUs

400.00

Low Back Related-Leg Pain

Low Back Related-Leg Pain

Testimonial:

Excellent value for my practice.  Dieketseng Moloi, Physiotheraist, Kroonstad

 

Low back pain and leg pain, like love and marriage, usually go together like a horse and carriage. The key for the practitioner is to differentiate between the two in order to make an appropriate diagnosis and identify the underlying pathology.

This course introduces a systematic approach to assist with the diagnosis and classification of LBP patients in order to provide a more effective, appropriate treatment.

3

CEUs

400.00

Deep Dry Needling of the Thoracic / Lumbar

Deep Dry Needling of the Thoracic / Lumbar

Testimonials:

Excellent value for my practice.  Sean Lewis, Chiropractor, East London

Excellent value for my practice.  Marianne Fourie, Physiotherapist, Klerksdorp 

Good value for my practice.  Ryan Cummings, Physiotherapist, Cape Town 

Good value for my practice.  Robyn Wiggishoff, Physiotherapist, Durban

 

This illustrated Dry Needling online course covers the clinical relevance of trigger points in syndromes related to the thoracic lumbar.

Illustration and needling instructions of Dry Needling techniques for the following thoracic lumbar muscles are provided:

  • Clinical relevance of trigger points (TrPs) in syndromes related to the trunk
  • Dry needling of the trunk muscles
  • Longissimus thoracis muscle
  • Iliocostalis thoracis and lumborum muscles
  • Thoracic and lumbar multifidus muscles
  • Serratus posterior inferior muscle
  • Quadratus lumborum Rectus abdominus muscle
  • External and internal oblique muscles

Their anatomy, function, innervation and contra-indications for Dry Needling are also included.

3

CEUs

400.00