Differential Diagnosis and Musculoskeletal Management of the Lumbar Spine and SI Joint – Anchorage AK – Feb 2023

Musculoskeletal Courses

Course Description

22.5 Continuing Education Hours: 8 hours of online self-study + 14.5 hours of hands-on experience

Are you as confident as you would like to be in treating low back and buttock pain? Eight out of ten people experience low back pain at some point in their lives; they – and you – will discover that what worked for them with their first experience is no longer effective for the same or worse pain years later. This course enhances your understanding of the problem, which in turn allows you to reassure your patient, provide precise treatment, and enjoy successful outcomes.

Online and live course content provide an in-depth description of lumbar spine pathoanatomy and biomechanics that is placed into a meaningful timeline of aging of the spinal segments over a 50+ year span. The clinician comes away with a greater understanding of what occurs in the three phases of aging and the pathology that is associated with each: injury, instability, and adaptation. Sacroiliac joint anatomy, biomechanics, and pathology are also presented as differential diagnoses. From here, specifics in the clinical examination lead to accurate working diagnoses for best practice planning in patient care. Treatment techniques address myofascial, disc, facet joint, and SI joint pain and dysfunction.

Special topics include disc dehydration-rehydration management and introduction to sensorimotor control for dynamic segmental stability. There is discussion and application of pathology-specific treatment of the following: acute versus chronic internal disc disruption, disc protrusion versus extrusion, facet joint synovitis versus chondropathy, 3 different types of spinal stenosis, and 3 different SI arthropathies. Knowing what you are treating brings the optimal outcomes.

Method of Instruction

The online study is self-paced and available 24/7. It is segmented into lecture modules plus module assessments to gauge understanding (must meet a minimum score prior to moving to the next module). Viewing time can be started and stopped as desired. Course certificates can be printed upon completion of the course.

The LIVE portion of this course offers short lecture and extensive hands-on lab demonstrating and mentoring techniques. PowerPoint presentations are used, and participants receive a digital manual with all course materials. This experience focuses on techniques and problem solving, as well as clinical analysis, synthesis and application via case studies. Instructor-participant ratio is small to allow individualized mentorship.  Instructors ensure participant understanding via observation and skills self-assessments.

Target Audience: PT, PTA, ATC

Instruction Level: Basic

course outline-Hybrid-lumbar

Objectives and Goals

  1. Become an expert in the evaluation of lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint conditions with confidence in differentiating various musculoskeletal pathologies.
  2. Effectively combine selective treatment methodologies from manual therapy to movement to psychosocial considerations that lead to optimal and efficient patient outcomes.
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  1. Integrate the pathoanatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint pathologies into one or more of the following, and consequent, common clinical dysfunctions: internal disc disruption, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, zygapophyseal joint dysfunction, secondary disc pathology, functional instability or more severe conditions such as fracture, tumor or systemic-inflammatory diseases.
  2. Identify, through a systematic process, 5 different key landmarks around the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint aimed to assist in the clinical examination and joint specific treatment clinical approaches.
  3. Interpret, through a systematic process, the key findings from the proposed basic clinical examination of patients with Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint related conditions.
  4. Decide which specific clinical tests are the most informative for diagnosis from the general clinical examination of the lumbar spine for a patient with acute, recurrent or chronic lumbar spine pain.
  5. Design 3 effective treatment interventions for acute low back pain such as internal disc disruption.
  6. Design 3 effective treatment interventions for sacroiliac pain disorders such as sacroiliac synovitis and functional instability.
  7. Design 3 effective treatment interventions for recurrent low back pain such as secondary disc pathology
  8. Design 3 effective treatment interventions for zygapophyseal joint synovitis

Pre-approved in the following states

Contact info@iaom-us.com to verify approval in your state. Please contact us if you hold a Florida license.

For Pre-Approvals see the PDF - Continuing Education Accreditations & Approvals Requested and/or Received by Organization: PDF File

  • Financial: The instructor(s) receive an honorarium for presenting this course.
  • Non-financial: The instructor(s) have no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
  • Partial credit is not available. For online courses, passing module assessments and completing the course evaluation is required to earn continuing education credit. For live courses, attendance is confirmed by signing the attendance sheet at the course; ensure name and professional license number are accurate, and initial both morning and afternoon attendance.

Course Location

Advanced Physical Therapy
1917, Abbott Road, Anchorage, Alaska, 99507, United States


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February 18, 2023 7:30 am

Instruction Hours

February 18, 2023
8:00 am – 6:30 pm

February 19, 2023
8:00 am – 3:15 pm


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