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 / 936 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 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 for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 19S1228 for 7/30/19 to 7/30/20).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-539564 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-281 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20)
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 09/01/16 to 09/01/20.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/01/19 to 07/31/20
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


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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linda b - San Juan Capistrano, CA  ·  Feb 22, 2020
interesting testing to find muscle weakness, but very expensive equipment. Not for the individual practioneer.
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Mary K - Allentown, PA  ·  Jan 19, 2020
Not very interesting or informative to my home care services
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Michele C - Elkton, MD  ·  Jan 13, 2020
Course is informative for ultrasound use on the deep muscles of the back
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Almario Alexis G. O - JACKSONVILLE, FL  ·  Jan 07, 2020
Informative in low back pain treatment!
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brian t - north royalton, OH  ·  Dec 18, 2019
this course was a good refresher course
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