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Section 1: Characteristics of patients who should be classified as Stage I Mobilization

Section 2: "Identification of patients most likely to benefit with Spinal Mobilization" Presentation by Professor Michael Timko.

Section 3: "Side Lying Log Roll" - Presentation by Professor Michael Timko





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:

  • Identify sub-groups of patients eligible for mobilization
  • Understand clinical outcomes that can be expected with use of mobilization for patients with LBP
  • Utilize a mobilization grade V technique that is appropriate for patients who fit the mobilization sub-classification
SPECIAL NOTE & Suggested Additional Reading:

Childs, J et al. A Clinical Prediction Rule To Identify Patients with Low Back Pain Most Likely To Benefit from Spinal Manipulation: A Validation Study. Annals of Internal Medicine 2004. 141; 12: 920-928.
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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.
Michael Timko, PT, MS, FAAOMPT — Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy.
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.
No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

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