Lumbar spinal stenosis is a significant cause of disability in the aging population and is the most common cause of spinal surgery in patients over 65 years of age. Given that no clear benefits have been shown with surgical intervention over conservative care, informed patients are increasingly seeking low risk interventions such as physical therapy. A successful rehabilitation program requires the clinician to accurately assess impairments in order to effectively choose effective treatment strategies. This course begins with a review of the current treatment-based classification for lumbar disorders. An understanding of this system enables the clinician to apply clinical reasoning skills to other lumbar spine conditions besides stenosis. Next, an impairment-based evaluation is discussed, which will serve as the foundation for an effective rehabilitation program. The focus of the course will be on effective treatment strategies based on sound clinical reasoning. Several specific manual techniques, therapeutic exercises and self-management interventions will be shown as part of an eclectic approach to treating this challenging and rewarding population.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the treatment-based classification as it applies to lumbar spine stenosis
  • Identify effective impairment-based clinical examination techniques and differential diagnosis for patients with lumbar stenosis
  • Identify effective manual therapy techniques to address common joint and soft tissue limitations associated with lumbar spine stenosis
  • Identify the proper execution of local and global spine stabilization exercises, as well as specific stretching techniques
  • Identify effective self-management strategies for pain modulation /management

Course Agenda

  • 8:00 PM – Treatment -Based Classification
  • 8:15 – Associated Pathologies
  • 8:30 – Clinical Examination & Differential Diagnosis
  • 8:50 – Rehabilitation Program
  • Pain modulation
  • Soft tissue mobilizations
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Self – Management strategies
  • 9:30 – Q/A Session and Adjourn



Dr McCabe is a clinician, researcher, and educator with 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is currently the director of human performance at the Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, NY. His role at Gabreski includes overseeing injury prevention, performance and rehabilitation services for all military personnel. He has extensive experience in the treatment of patients with orthopedic and sports-related conditions. including recreational, elite and professional athletes. He previously worked at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Andrews Institute, where he worked under Dr. James Andrews. Bob received his transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University and a master’s degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in health science from Cortland University. Bob is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S) and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (O.C.S). He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S) and the Selective Functional Movement Screes (S.F.M.A) and is completing his certification in manual therapy through Evidence in Motion. He has advance training and coursework in Graston instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations, EXOS performance training system, Active Release Therapy and the McKenzie Method to Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). Bob has published several research studies in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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