Course Description

This is a two day, 15 contact hour course, involving both lecture and lab instruction.  This course is open only to licensed physical therapists. This course will cover the theory, evidence, and application of orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) for patients with lumbopelvic region musculoskeletal disorders.   This course provides evidence-informed instruction on differential diagnosis, examination and management of patients with lumbopelvic disorders.  Hypothesis oriented clinical decision making, the biopsychosocial model, and treatment-based classification applied to patients with lumbopelvic region musculoskeletal disorders will be presented. 

Course Outline

Day One


Introduction and Overview

  • Clinical Reasoning Framework for Lumbopelvic Pain Disorders



Lumbopelvic Differential Diagnosis

  • Screening for Red Flags
  • Neurological examination
  • Vascular examination
  • Abdominal examination


Lumbopelvic Exam

  • Postural screen
  • AROM with overpressure
  • Hip screen
  • SIJ screen
  • Lumbar accessory motion
    • PA’s
    • PPIVM’s




Lumbopelvic Manual Therapy

  • Evidence informed manual therapy applied to the patient with lumbopelvic region pain
  • Mechanisms of MT
  • Supine lumbopelvic  thrust
  • Sidelying lumbopelvic thrust and non-thrust




Manual Therapy for Lumbopelvic Region continued

  • Review of morning techniques
  • TL Junction prone, seated, and sidelying
  • Myths and reality of the pelvis
  • LP long axis distraction
  • Pelvic anterior and posterior
  • Selected interventions to improve hip mobility
  • Augmented exercise to manual therapy


3:00 – 3:15



Lumbopelvic motor control interventions

  • Evidence-informed rationale for motor control training
  • Assessment of motor control
  • Retraining functional movement patterns


‘Round Robin’ Review of Manual Therapy Techniques




Day Two

8:00 – 9:00

Round-robin review of previous day material

9:00 – 12:00

Specific Exercise

  • Evidence-informed application of specific exercise
  • Repeated motion examination
    • Standing
    • Lying
  • Interventions
    • Extension
    • Flexion
    • Lateral

10:45 -11:00


12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 3:00

Traction and Neurodynamics

  • Evidence-informed application of traction and neurodynamic techniques
  • Traction techniques
  • Neurodynamic interventions
    • SLR
    • Slump
    • Femoral nerve
    • Lumbar PA with SLR
    • Lumbar rotation with SLR

3:00 - 3:15


3:15 - 4:30

Chronic LBP

  • Pain neurophysiology education
  • Examination for central pain sensitization
  • Sensory motor retraining
  • Exercise interventions

4:30 – 5:00

Final review and competency testing

Learner Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Conduct an accurate differential diagnosis for patients presenting with lumbopelvic region pain in order to identify serious disorders requiring referral. 
  2. Conduct an efficient and accurate clinical examination of a patient with lumbopelvic region pain. 
  3. Utilize the low back pain treatment based classification to assist with selecting the most appropriate interventions for patients with lumbopelvic region musculoskeletal disorders.
  4. Perform skilled orthopaedic manual physical therapy interventions, including thrust and non-thrust techniques, targeting the thoracolumbar and lumbopelvic region.
  5. Apply sound clinical decision making within a biopsychosocial model to the management of patients with lumbopelvic region musculoskeletal disorders. 

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Section Title
Physical Therapy Continuing Education: Patients with Lumbopelvic Disorders
Sa, Su
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Oct 03, 2020 to Oct 04, 2020
Schedule and Location
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Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $350.00 Click here to get more information