Ultrasound Imaging in the Treatment of Low Back Pain - PT42

Ultrasound Imaging in the Treatment of Low Back Pain

by Mary Evans Conway, PT, MOMT
(4.0 / 828 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
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Ultrasound imaging (USI) has been used to visualize the soft tissues of the body safely since 1950. Most people are familiar with ultrasound images taken during prenatal care. Physical therapists have used conventional grayscale brightness mode USI in both the clinical and research settings to increase their knowledge of muscle function. Many clinics in Australia, Canada and the United States have incorporated USI into their physical therapy practices. Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging is used by PTs to evaluate the morphology and morphometry (behavior) of muscle and soft tissue during restoration of function and to carry out research aimed at informing clinical practice. (An alternate term for RUSI is real-time ultrasound imaging or RTUI.)


The goal of this continuing education program is to inform physical therapists about the capabilities and use of conventional grayscale brightness mode rehabilitative ultrasound imaging for treatment of patients with low-back pain. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe of the formation of conventional B mode RUSI images
  • Identify the type of information provided by B mode RUSI image echogenicity of the tissue, and describe the architecture of the image as related to the lumbar spine
  • Understand the validity and reliability of the images generated by B mode RUSI and how they can be applied to lumbar and abdominal muscle function
  • Understand current clinical use in biofeedback for abdominal drawing-in maneuver and research applications

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S1245 for 07/23/12 to 07/23/13; 13S1587 for 07/24/13 to 07/24/14; 14S1235 for 07/25/14 to 07/25/15; 15S1521 for 07/26/15 to 07/26/16; 16S1790 for 07/27/16 to 07/27/17; 17S5449 for 07/28/17 to 07/28/18).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP120018911 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130018962 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140022316 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023656 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27179 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539564 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539564 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4378 for 07/23/12 to 0722/13; 5129 for 07/23/13 to 07/22/14; 5681 for 07/23/14 to 07/22/15; 6218 for 07/23/15 to 07/22/16; 2016-181 for 07/23/16 to 07/22/17; 2017-225 for 07/23/17 to 07/22/18)
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE003187 for 07/07/12 to 12/31/12; PTCE006773 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010084 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18)
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 642-2012 for 06/19/12 to 01/31/14; 795-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-1087 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18)
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 06/13/12 to 06/13/16; 09/01/16 to 09/01/20.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 05/29/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4356 for 07/01/12 to 07/01/13; 437-4955 for 07/01/13 to 07/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 7/23/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/27/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/2/2021


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Karen Drew L - New Braunfels, TX  ·  Aug 27, 2018
thank you very much. Cannot do this procedure
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Lorianne F - Utica, NY  ·  Jun 24, 2018
Course was interesting and informative.
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Toby M - Woodland Hills, CA  ·  May 16, 2018
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Scott D - Sunnyvale, CA  ·  May 16, 2018
Super duper fantastic great
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Wendy W - Chambersburg, PA  ·  Apr 19, 2018
This was all new to me. I did not know it was being used in physical therapy.
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Price: $19.00
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