Clinical Practice Guidelines for Low Back Pain

About the Course

Participants in this video course will be introduced to the current evidence-based approach to management of low back pain using Clinical Practice Guidelines from the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association with clinical reasoning. As payers and medical practitioners increasingly depend on evidence-based Guidelines, clinicians must utilize published recommendations when selecting examination tools and designing therapeutic programs to direct functional outcomes and to optimize documentation for reimbursement. CPGs are intended to complement the clinical reasoning process of clinicians, not to provide a mandated protocol for making decisions about patient management. Understand the terminology and recommendations used in the CPG for low back pain. Select the proper impairment categories for your patients with low back pain for a more accurate match to their medical diagnosis, and choose recommended interventions to promote functional outcomes. Recognize what intervention types to utilize for specific impairment categories based on current evidence to successfully address low back pain and its related limitations.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course the learner will be able to:
  • Identify the current clinical practice guidelines (CPG) for patients with low back pain (LBP) as developed by the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Recognize examination for patients with low back pain and interpret the results to diagnose anatomical and functional impairments and classify people into the associated impairment-based category.
  • List intervention strategies to address activity restriction limitations and functional mobility impairments based on the CPG classification of impairments for LBP.
About the Instructor
Theresa Schmidt, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT, CEAS, CHY, DD, presented in over 200 cities in the US and Canada. Theresa owns private practices,, in New York and New Hampshire. She served as faculty at Queens and Touro colleges in NY city. Theresa integrates traditional and holistic approaches to maximize performance outcomes. Her manual focus draws from over 30 years in osteopathic-based therapies including myofascial, craniosacral, counterstrain, muscle energy, mobilization, precision movement therapy, mindful exercise, and integrative medicine. She is a best-selling author and certified professional speaker.

Florida Massage: this course is approved as general hours.  You will not receive hands-on credit for this course.

This on-demand video course.