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Low Back Pain: Course 3 - Neurological assessment





Credit Hours: CME 0.75

Target Audience:

This course is designed to provide the Physical Therapist with an introduction to the classification based approach to management of low back pain.

The Low Back pain module series is structured to present a format for evaluation and treatment of the lumbo-pelvic spine, utilizing strategies consistent with current evidence in literature. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing clinical decision-making skills regarding selection of patients appropriate for Physical Therapy, screening patients for neurological involvement and classification and treatment of simple back ache. The course includes online lectures and recorded demonstrations of techniques used in diagnosis and treatment. In addition to this, evidence supporting each method is included in the form of statement summaries, journal articles and article synopsis.

Educational Objectives:

On completion of this module you will be able to :

Demonstrate competence in performance and interpretation of neurological examination findings during the lower quarter screening which includes the motor exam, sensory exam, muscle stretch reflex, Dural tension tests and vascular exam


If you have completed this training in the past and are doing it as a refresher, please click on the 'retake' button.

Brian Caricato, MS, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT — Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Instructor University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Assistant Regional Director (North/Central) UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Facility Director UPMC Centers for Rehab Services - Allison Park
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
Shane Conley, PT, DPT, OCS — Adjunct Instructor
Senior Physical Therapist
Centers for Rehab Services
UPMC Rooney Sports Complex
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
Authors disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.