Lumbar Spine: Manual Therapy Management

Learn, Refine, and Excel in current best evidence principles in the management of low back pain.

Upcoming Courses

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Omaha, Nebraska - Aug 25-26, 2018

  • $495

  • Location: University of Nebraska Medical Center Campus, Omaha, NE (map) and Kearney, Nebraska connected virtually and with onsite lab assistant (map)

  • Faculty: Dr. Jeff Moore, Dr Jessica Davis, Dr. Jamie Everett

  • Approved for 16 CEU hours

*Registration is through the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Covington, Louisiana - Oct 13-14, 2018

  • $595

  • Location: RENEW PHYSICAL THERAPY (map) in Covington, LA (39 miles from New Orleans)

  • Faculty: Dr. Jeff Moore, Dr. Zac Morgan

  • Approved for 16 CEU hours

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Traverse City, Michigan - Nov 10-11, 2018

  • $595

  • Location: Superior Physical Therapy (map)

  • Faculty: Dr. Jeff Moore, Dr. Zac Morgan

  • Approved for 16 CEU hours

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Nov 17-18, 2018

  • $595

  • Location: MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY (map)

  • Faculty: Dr. Jeff Moore

  • Approved for 16 CEU hours

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Greeley, Colorado - Dec 8-9, 2018

  • $595

  • Greeley, CO (map)

  • Faculty: Dr. Jeff Moore, Dr. Zac Morgan

  • Approved for 16 CEU hours

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Vancouver, British Columbia - Jan. 26-27

  • Location: AMP PHYSIO (map)
  • Faculty: Dr. Jeff Moore

  • January 26-27, 2019 8am-5pm both days

  • Approved for 16 CEU hours

*All Registrations taken through Amp Physio.

Course Description

This course will cover current best evidence in the physical therapy management of low back pain. Laboratory sessions will focus on the safe and effective delivery of thrust and non-thrust manipulation to the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, thoracolumbar spine, and lower ribs.

Additional labs will cover an introduction to the McKenzie approach, pain science application, and progressive exercise concepts with particular emphasis on performance and incorporation of the deadlift. Mobility and motor control exercises will be included to complement the manual therapy techniques.

Lecture material will summarize the developing body of literature regarding the subgrouping of lumbar spine patients, differential diagnosis of lumbar conditions, cognitive functional therapy, psychologically informed language, and lumbar spine examination based on clinical practice guidelines.

Target Audience:
Physical Therapists / Physical Therapy Students / Occupational Therapists / Occupational Therapy Students / Doctors of Medicine / Doctors of Osteopathy /University Faculty 

Contact Hours: 16 CEUs

Course Objectives

  • Perform a thorough subjective and objective examination using clinical practice guidelines and current best evidence to maximize efficiency and accuracy

  • Understand how to incorporate repeated movement testing and treatment in patients presenting with radiculopathy/radiculitis 
  • Understand the role of patient expectations, the associated research, and how to leverage these components in clinical practice
  • Understand the role of key lifestyle factors such as sleep and stress in the causing and maintenance of low back pain
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of current best evidence in regards to manual therapy, thrust and non-thrust joint mobilization techniques, in the treatment of patients with low back pain
  • Demonstrate proper technique with lumbar mobilization and thrust manipulation to the lumbar and lower thoracic regions.
  • Be able to incorporate therapeutic neuroscience in the care of patients with persistent pain, central sensitization, and fear related pain.

Course Schedule

Day Two:

  • 8:00am-8:30: Patient expectations
  • 8:30-9:30: Mechanisms of manual therapy and exercise intervention
  • 9:30-11:00: Persistent pain: How to subgroup and treat
  • 11:00-12:00pm: Pain Science Introduction
  • Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • 1:00pm – 1:30: SIJ diagnosis and treatment
  • 1:30-2:00: Lab – SIJ thrust and pregnancy modification
  • 2:00 – 2:30: Repeated motions evaluation and treatment principles
  • 2:30 – 3:30: The hip and LBP
  • 3:30 – 4:30: Lab: Selected Hip techniques
  • 4:30 – 5:00pm: Round Robin

Day One:

  • 8:00am-9:00: Subjective exam and clinical reasoning

  • 9:00-9:30: Lumbar physical examination

  • 9:30-10:00: Examination lab
  • 10:00-10:30: Subgrouping low back pain
  • 10:30-11:00: Lumbar manipulation safety
  • 11:00-12:00pm: Lab – Lumbar HVLAT
  • Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • 1:00-1:30: Lumbar mobilization lab
  • 1:30pm-2:30: Exercise: State of the evidence and future direction
  • 2:30-3:30: Lab – Low thoracic manipulation
  • 3:30-4:30: Thoracic mobility/motor control
  • 4:30-5:00pm: Lab – Student demonstration

Lead Faculty Bio: Dr. Jeff Moore

Dr. Jeff Moore received his doctorate of physical therapy degree with high honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. After graduation, Jeff obtained the manual therapy certification (MTC) from St. Augustine and the certification in spinal manipulation (Cert-SMT) from Dr. James Dunning and the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Most recently Jeff completed his Fellowship training in orthopedic manual therapy through Evidence In Motion.

Clinically, Dr. Moore has spent the past six years working exclusively in outpatient orthopedics. From 2008 to 2011 he practiced in Bozeman, MT at Excel Physical therapy and since 2011 has been working in outpatient physical therapy in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Jeff launched the Institute of Clinical Excellence in 2012 and now teaches at conferences around the globe with both the Institute and Evidence In Motion.