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Course Overview

Spinal pain is one of the most common diagnoses among patients referred to physical therapy and other healthcare related professions in the United States. Unless you are in a specialty clinic that does not treat spinal pain, you will likely see many patients with some form of spinal pain diagnosis. There are many schools of thought in the research community regarding the recurrence of back pain. 1 considers the multifidus muscle atrophy that occurs with lumbar pain and continues even after the patient is initially symptom-free, leading to chronic low back pain. Another school of thought is that it is the quality of the movement within the paraspinals, multifidus included, as well as abdominal motor control that leads to recurrence of back pain. The American College of Physicians recommends utilizing non-invasive and non-pharmacological methods such as exercise, spinal manipulation, or heat therapy as treatment approaches for acute or chronic low back pain prior to using medication. In this course, you will learn how to safely, effectively, and efficiently perform neutral lumbar spine stabilization to help with paraspinal strengthening and motor control for patients with various lumbar spine dysfunctions. A thorough guide of anatomical structures, lumbar spine evaluation, treatment methods, contraindications as well as proper exercise techniques and positioning with pictures, is included to enhance carry over. Various resources are provided to help you review the guide quickly. After all, the safe treatment of patients is the foremost consideration of all responsible clinicians!

About the Course Author

Bijal Shah, PT, DPT is a clinician, educator, speaker, author, editor and consultant. She began her career after witnessing the impact of physical therapy on her family member's life. Bijal brings over a decade of experience to the physical therapy field. Her primary focus of treatment areas includes working with the cardio pulmonary and neurologically involved population. Mrs. Shah brings a wealth of knowledge with her vast experience in acute and inpatient rehabilitation. She has been actively involved in treating and training rehab professionals about medically complex patients. She is a founder and editor of lifeofpt.com, a website where she talks about different physical therapy related topics. Mrs. Shah currently serves as a director of rehabilitation in a specialized neuro rehabilitation facility. As a department head, she is required and is committed to keeping up to date on changes within the physical therapy field related to evidence-based practice and the push for functional outcome measures.

Bijal D Shah, PT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Mr. Oestmann holds advanced degrees in Physical Therapy and Health Services Administration. His clinical experience includes nine years of practice in a variety of settings, including out-patient, in-patient, neuro rehabilitation, long-term care, and work hardening. One of his areas of specialization is in spinal assessments and rehabilitation. In addition, Dr. Oestmann has written over 21 healthcare related textbooks for Charles C. Thomas Publisher and East-West Publishing. Dr. Oestmann currently continues his writing, teaching and consulting in healthcare. Eric Oestmann, PHD, MS, PT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (46 Match)

  • Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    This course is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy and offered to PTs and PTAs for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Iowa Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Iowa Bureau of Professional Licensure accepts Continuing Education hours obtained by completing online training courses related to the practice of physical therapy. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours. Disclaimer: It is the learner's responsibility to determine whether or not this course meets the specific renewal requirements established by your licensing board.
  • Massachusetts Board of Registration in Allied Health Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Arizona Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

    2.00HOURS


    Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Colorado Physical Therapy Licensure

    2.00HOURS

    The Colorado State Physical Therapy Board accepts Continuing Education courses as relevant to the licensee’s practice as a physical therapist and pertinent to his/her Learning Plan and goals. This course meets the requirements for Category I credit. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Connecticut Physical Therapy Licensing

    2.00HOURS

    The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Physical Therapists accepts internet-based and distance learning opportunities provided such coursework is related to the practice of physical therapy. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy Licensing

    2.00HOURS

    The Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy accepts courses approved by another state or jurisdiction’s physical therapy board. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Idaho Physical Therapy Licensure Board

    2.00HOURS

    The Idaho Physical Therapy Licensure Board accepts Continuing Education courses sponsored by any section or chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Illinois Division of Professional Regulation of Physical Therapists

    2.00HOURS

    Relias LLC is an Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor, number 216.000290. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Indiana Physical Therapy Committee

    2.00HOURS

    The Indiana Physical Therapy Committee accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX.
  • Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

    2.00HOURS

    This course is approved by the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board for 2.0 clinical hours.
  • Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

    2.00HOURS

    This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.2 CEUs.
  • Maine Physical Therapy Licensing Board

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Michigan Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Michigan Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Missouri Advisory Commission for Professional Physical Therapists

    2.00HOURS

    The Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts accepts Continuing Education courses sponsored/approved by any state chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS


    The Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education hours accrued through participation in educational activities approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This course meets approval under the Mississippi Regulation Part 3103 Rule 5.4 (1) (b).

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

    2.00HOURS

    The Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association as Category A activities. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

    2.00HOURS

    The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses sponsored by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Nebraska Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Nebraska State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses relating to the theory or clinical application of theory pertaining to the practice of physical therapy. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours. Disclaimer: It is the learner's responsibility to determine whether or not this course meets the specific renewal requirements established by your licensing board.
  • New Hampshire Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The New Hampshire Physical Therapy Governing Board recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • New Mexico Physical Therapy Board

    2.00HOURS

    The New Mexico Physical Therapy Licensing Board accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • New York Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy has recognized Relias Learning, LLC as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision

    2.00HOURS

    Oklahoma Physical Therapy Advisory Committee has approved this course under Category B. Approval # 202111183. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board

    2.00HOURS

    The Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy licensing board. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours. Disclaimer: It is the learner's responsibility to determine whether or not this course meets the specific renewal requirements established by your licensing board.
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #2202008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS


    The Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX.

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Rhode Island Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Rhode Island Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS


    The South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX.

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners

    2.00HOURS

    South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy (General)

    2.00HOURS


    The Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #2202008TX.

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is provided by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1902008TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This course is not approved as meeting the ethics and professional requirements for Texas physical therapists or physical therapist assistants. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Utah Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing accepts Continuing Education courses conducted by commercial continuing education providers. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association as Type 1 courses. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Vermont Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Vermont Office of Professional Regulation - Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Washington Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Washington Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses that are specifically related to the practice of physical therapy, with specified goals and objectives. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours. Disclaimer: It is the learner's responsibility to determine whether or not this course meets the specific renewal requirements established by your licensing board.
  • Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing - Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Wisconsin Physical Therapy Examining Board accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    This course has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy, approval code REL-F21-070. Approval of this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Delaware Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers

    2.00HOURS

    The Delaware Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Alaska Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Alaska State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX.. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Alabama State Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    The Alabama Board of Physical Therapy recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • CA Physical Therapy Board of California

    2.00HOURS

    Relias Learning, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of continuing competency courses by the Physical Therapy Board of California. This course is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS


    The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts courses approved by any state chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.

  • Kansas Board of Healing Arts - Physical Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    This activity meets Kansas State Board of Healing Arts criteria for continuing education and is offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-PAC-0-LSSR
  • Hours:

    2.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2018-09-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-12-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Explain the importance of lumbar spine pain patterns.; Identify 2 key lumbar spine muscle imbalances.; Identify 3 features of lumbar spine rehabilitation and stabilization.; Identify 3 lumbar spine stabilization and rehabilitation techniques.; Identify 3 relevant anatomical features crucial to the treatment of the lumbar spine.; Identify 3 scenarios when lumbar spine stabilization techniques are contraindicated.; List 3 elements that need to take place during an assessment of lumbar spine related nerve extensibility.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Features of Lumbar Spine Stabilization and Rehabilitation
    Topic Description
    Incidence of Lumbar Spine Dysfunctions
    Introduction to Lumbar Spine Stabilization & Rehabilitation Techniques
    Review
    Summary
    Section 3: Lumbar Spine Anatomy
    Topic Description
    Lumbar Spine Nerves: Sciatic Plexus
    Review
    Relevant Clinical Information and Application
    Review
    Summary
    Section 4: Lumbar Spine Pain Patterns
    Topic Description
    Lumbar Spine Pain Pattern Research & Related Data
    Multifidus/Transverse Abdominis Testing Protocol
    Review
    Application to Lumbar Stabilization
    Summary
    Section 5: Evaluating Muscle Imbalances
    Topic Description
    Lumbar Spine Muscle Imbalance Research & Related Data
    Review
    Special Tests and Testing Protocol for Lumbar Strength
    Application to Lumbar Stabilization
    Review
    Summary
    Section 6: Assessing Lumbar Spine Nerve Extensibility
    Topic Description
    Lumbar Spine Nerve Extensibility Research & Related Data
    Special Tests and Testing Protocol for Nerve Extensibility
    Special Orthopedic Diagnostic Tests
    Review
    Application to Lumbar Stabilization
    Lumbar Spine Evaluation
    Lumbar Spine Evaluation Clinical Relevance
    Review
    Summary
    Section 7: Lumbar Spine Stabilization & Rehabilitation Techniques
    Topic Description
    Lumbar Stabilization Techniques and Rehabilitation Fundamentals
    Review
    Level 1 Lumbar Stabilization Belly Lifts
    Level 1 Lumbar Stabilization
    Review
    Level 2 Lumbar Stabilization
    Level 3 Lumbar Stabilization
    Level 4 Lumbar Stabilization
    Level 5 Lumbar Stabilization
    Review
    Proven Williams Flexion Exercises
    Proven McKenzie Extension Exercises
    Review
    Summary
    Section 8: Application of Lumbar Stabilization Techniques
    Topic Description
    Patient Scenario #1
    Patient Scenario #2
    Patient Scenario #3
    Patient Scenario #4
    Patient Scenario #5
    Review
    Summary
    Section 9: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributors
    Resources
    References
    Congratulations!
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.