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The medical community relies heavily on the use of highly technical and costly tests, such as x-rays and MRIs, to evaluate low back pain.  The focus continues to be on the condition of the vertebral discs and radicular pain in the lower extremities.  Many times you as a physical therapist will have to evaluate patients before seeing test results and, with direct access approaching, may treat patients without having the tests performed.  Also many insurance companies are requiring patients to have physical therapy previous to test coverage.  Regardless, reports from these tests rarely address facet joint or sacro-illial joint problems and they never address joint movement dysfunction.  In this environment, it is increasingly important for you to be competent in the evaluation and treatment of low back pain.  This course is designed to help you out!

We will be presenting a systematic and integrative method of evaluating and treating low back pain.  After reviewing lumbar and pelvic anatomy, normal join mechanics of the lumbar spine and sacrum will be covered.  With an understanding of normal joint mechanics, techniques to evaluate joint movement dysfunctions (abnormal joint mechanics) of the lumbar facet joints and sacro-ilial joints will be discussed and demonstrated.  We will stress the importance of an accurate diagnosis as the key to successful treatment.  Treatment approaches given will be specific to the diagnosis and include muscle energy techniques, passive movements, myofascial/soft-tissue techniques, and prescriptive exercise.  We’ll demonstrate evaluation and treatment and you will be given time to practice during lab sessions.  Other topics covered include: precautions, contra-indications, differential diagnosis, and home exercise programs. 

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Manual Therapy for Mechanical Lumbar and Sacro-ilial Dysfunctions

 Tom Ford earned a PhD in Biomechanics (1998) from Auburn University before entering the University of Alabama Birmingham to complete his Physical Therapy degree (2000).  Tom spent fourteen combined years teaching at Auburn University...  Read More

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Please fax or mail completed registration form with check or money order to 334.239.7359 or

1825 Halcyon Boulevard, Montgomery, Alabama, 36117

Course Schedule

Friday, March 17, 2017

5:30 Registration

6:00 Introduction, Welcome and Purpose of the Course

7:00 Lumbar Spine Anatomy and Mechanics

8:00 Break and Snacks

8:15 Lumbar Evaluation and Dysfunction Terminology

9:30 Dismissal for the evening

Saturday, March 18, 2017

9:00 Lumbar Treatment and Lab

10:00 Sacro-ilial Anatomy and Mechanics

11:00 Break

11:15 Sacro-ilial Evaluation and Dysfunction Terminology

12:00 Break for Lunch

1:00 Sacro-ilial Treatment and Lab

2:00 Myofascial/Soft tissue Techniques and Lab

2:30 Prescriptive Home Exercise Program

2:45 Q&A and Course Evaluation

3:30 Dismissal

*scheduled times are subject to change; beginning and end times will stay the same.

March 17-18, 2017  |  10 CEU Hours  |  $250/per person

Course Objectives

On Completion of Manual Therapy for Mechanical Lumbar and Sacro-ilial Dysfunctions, you should be able to:


Understand the importance of correctly evaluating low back pain.


Understand and describe normal joint mechanics of the lumbar spine and sacrum.


Understand and correctly use terminology describing movement dysfunctions of the spine and sacrum.


Correctly perform evaluation techniques for diagnosis of movement dysfunctions of the spine and sacrum.


Correctly perform treatment techniques for specific movement dysfunctions of the spine and sacrum.


Perform successful evaluation and treatment of low back pain upon returning to your clinic.