Lumbar and Pelvis

April 27, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Northwest Arkansas Community College
1 College Drive, Room 2021
Bentonville, AR 72712
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This course is designed to help the clinician or even the student in the management of low back and pelvic pain.  The course participant will learn to do a systematic examination of the lumbar and pelvis that will allow for a classification of the issue.  Classification will be based on the Clinical Practice Guidelines but will also use an eclectic, common sense approach to understanding problems and solution for the lumbo-pelvic region.  Participants should be able to improve clinical practice in their respective settings immediately after returning from this course.  Manual therapy interventions for soft tissues, joint mobilization and HVLA for joint tissues, and therapeutic exercise programs for strengthening and stabilization will be incorporated.  The course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on lab time.  This course is good for PTs, PTAs., SDPT, and SPTA

CEUs:  .6


Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the anatomy, biomechanics, and neuroanatomy of the lumbar spine, pelvis, sacrum and coccyx and how these relate to diagnosis and intervention.

  • Incorporate evidence into the examination and management of lumbo-pelvic conditions.

  • Realize the relationship between activity, postures, strength, and disc, ligament, and facet problems in the lumbo-pelvic region

  • Understand pain related to lumbo-pelvic lesions, nerve pathologies, and pain science applications.

  • Relate how soft tissue problems can be defined and how to select appropriate interventions for varied soft tissue tone issues.

  • Understand and apply the principles of tonic versus phasic musculature activity and the relationship to stability of the lumbo-pelvic region

  • Be competent in the use of the classification systems for lumbo-pelvic problems.

  • Understand the Clinical Prediction Rules and Clinical Practice Guidelines and how they should be applied in the diagnosis and interventions for the lumbar region.

  • Be competent in the application of Clusters for differentiation of SIJ versus lumbar diagnoses.

  • Apply varied manual therapy techniques in the treatment of lumbo-pelvic problems.

  • Apply exercise-based interventions for different classifications of the lumbo-pelvic area.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Steven Forbush received his PhD in PT from Nova Southeastern University in 2009 and MS in Physical Therapy from The University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1979. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  He was an outpatient clinician and rehabilitation manager for 26 years prior to coming to UCA. His academic interests are in professional development, musculoskeletal impairment, manual interventions, and differential determination of dysfunctions. His research interests include treatment of obesity, gait and motor function, and orthopedic clinical interventions for the spine and the extremities.

Course Schedule

8am-12pm Class

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch will be provided along with a short update from the ArPTA

1pm-4pm Class