How to evaluate and treat low back pain without electrophysical agents: focus on inpatient

This course is on a waiting list only.

Audience: PT, PTA, ATC
Course Level: Beginner
Date: Nov. 14, 2012
Check in time: 5:30-6 p.m.
Class time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: University of Minnesota Medical Center
2450 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454
Held in Brennan Center, East building, lobby level.

Course fee: $75.00

Contact hours: 2.0

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Oliver Ang
first received his bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy in the Philippines and his equivalency at Laval University Quebec, Canada in 2006. He worked for more than three years in an outpatient orthopedic clinic that evaluates and treats acute, subacute and chronic back and neck pain due to motor vehicular accidents and job related injuries. He completed his level 2 Manual Therapy certificate following the curriculum of the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapist. Aside from the numerous spine related CE courses, he also attended the mobilization of the nervous system and explain pain courses by the Australia based NOI (Neuro orthopedic institute) Group. He joined Fairview as part of the Flexible work force team in 2010. 

Course Description
This course will guide the inpatient therapist to effectively evaluate and treat hospitalized patients suffering from low back pain without specialized tools or electrophysical agents. The course will help the therapist understand the pathophysiology behind the common causes of back pain and be able to plan an effective treatment plan to help the patient reduce low back pain by using suitable exercises versus electrophysical agents. 


  • Therapists will be able to objectively evaluate hospitalized patients with low back pain.
  • Therapists will be able to come up with an effective treatment plan to reduce low back pain and prescribe suitable exercises.
  • Therapists will understand the pathophysiology of common causes of low back pain.
  • Therapists will understand the basic biomechanics of the lumbar spine.

5:30-6 p.m.                   Registration/Check in
6 -6:30 p.m.                 Normal biomechanics of the lower back and pathophysiology of herniated disc and facet syndromes.
6:30-7 p.m.                  Evaluation of the lumbar and SI joint.
7-8 p.m.                        Treatment: Manual Therapy
                                        -Global, semi-specific, specific, positional traction with linens or belts.
                                        -Myofascial release using therabands and massage
                                        -Exercises-Core strengthening using manual BP cuff

The course is approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for Category I credits. Approval number: #5351

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