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Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders


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Patients with low back and pelvic/hip pain make up nearly 50% of all patients receiving outpatient physical therapy. EIM’s Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with lumbar spine and pelvic disorders and dysfunction. This course is offered in three different formats, with an emphasis on either hands-on skills or didactic knowledge.

Course Details and Objectives

  • Price: $499 – $600
    Hours: 22

    This lab intensive course focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management of these individuals. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice. Participants will receive hands-on demonstration and practice of both examination and selected interventions of lumbopelvic region.

    Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

    1. Identify and perform key elements of the lumbopelvic subjective and objective clinical examination, with particular emphasis on active and passive motion testing with overpressure, hip and lumbar differential testing, and special tests.

    2. Synthesize and analyze data from the lumbopelvic clinical examination based on signs and symptoms and treatment-based classifications.

    3. Determine a diagnosis and use sound clinical reasoning and treatment-based classifications (mobilization, specific exercise, stabilization, traction) to guide patient/client management.

    4. Engage in the diagnostic process to establish differential diagnoses across systems & across the life span.

    5. Utilize a consistent clinical process to effectively screen for systemic disease and nonmusculoskeletal pathology in patients with lumbopelvic pain.

    6. Justify the selection of manual therapy techniques or integrated exercise using clinical reasoning and application of current best evidence.

    7. Perform selected lumbopelvic manipulation and mobilization techniques in patients with low back pain or dysfunction.

  • Price: $499
    Hours: 24

    This course is a virtual lab offering made up of 4 modules.  Each module contains a self-directed portion, as well as an active learning portion.  The self-directed lab portion is a video-instructed clinical application class consisting of orthopedic evaluation and treatment techniques. There are multiple short lectures with technique demonstration videos in each module which learners view independently.  The active learning portion of the course includes activities such as: technique practice on a partner; recording various technique demonstrations for viewing by peers and faculty via an asynchronous learning platform; and live, synchronous sessions in an online meeting platform.  Synchronous sessions emphasize clinical decision-making and application of the techniques learned in the lab. Other learning activities include a summative learning assignment (quiz) at the conclusion of the course. For those taking the Virtual Lab outside of an EIM program, pre-course work is included to familiarize learners with the highlights of the 8-week didactic content. A heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of examination, mobilization, and manipulation interventions for the lumbopelvic region. 

    Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

    1. Perform key elements of a lumbopelvic screening exam. 
    2. Demonstrate key examination tests and measures for the lumbopelvic region. 
    3. Analyze the examination results and select the best intervention using a case-based example. 
    4. Perform key treatment techniques for the lumbopelvic region. 
    5. Be able to reflect on the effectiveness of the intervention strategy. 
    6. Match the selection of the exercise prescription to support the manual technique. 
  • This course builds upon a physical therapist’s prior knowledge of the management of those with lumbar/pelvic disorders providing learners with the skills necessary to optimize outcome and enhance the quality of care for those with lower back pain and related disorders. The learner will build upon prior knowledge, ascertain new knowledge, and be able to integrate and apply such knowledge into the clinical setting. In addition, learners will be able to engage in self-reflection to develop a plan for further individual growth.

    Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

    • Recognize low back pain as significant problem at the individual and societal level.

    • Identify the opportunities that exist for physical therapists as a key provider within the management of lower back pain.

    • Integrate a treatment-based classification approach within a person-centered clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making process.

    • Reflect on their ability to conduct a subjective examination that guides clinical decision making, builds a therapeutic alliance, and facilitates optimal outcome.

    • Reflect on their ability to conduct a physical examination that guides further clinical decisions and optimizes individual patient outcome within an efficient and effective manner.

    • Develop an inclusive and person-centered plan of care guided by the patient interview and physical examination.

    • Prioritize effect and efficient interventions within the management of individuals with lower back pain.

    • Evaluate intervention by interpreting clinical outcomes appropriately and adjusting a plan of care accordingly.

    • Reflect upon clinical outcomes as mechanism that guides professional growth.

Dates and Locations

2-Day Weekend Intensive Lab

8-Week Online Didactic

4-Week Virtual Lab

  • Why EIM

    We’re reimagining health care education that takes you to the next next level. With learning that takes place where you are, evidence-based practice, and better outcomes for your patients, our education is transformative. That’s why EIM.

  • This is one of the best educational decisions that I have made in my post professional career. It has forced me to grow both personally and professional. I am constantly thinking about my clinical decisions and applying my rational for treatment interventions daily. Course Graduate

  • This course was instrumental to my own growth and knowledge as a seasoned therapist. I feel more empowered, courageous and willing to try the skills and use the outcomes to validate the effectiveness. Course Graduate



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