Patients with referred symptoms from the lumbar spine can demonstrate considerable variability in clinical presentation and be a challenge to treat.  This course will review examination procedures to identify prognostic considerations as well as best approaches to functional treatment.  Specific sequenced treatment concepts will be presented in a practical manner using decision making algorithms.  Finally, self-care and recommended home exercises will be provided in order to assist the clinician in facilitating patient self-care.  Upon conclusion of this course participants will have a solid idea of how to interpret examination findings, identify specific treatment ideas and understand how to facilitate home carry over for the patient.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate

Course Objectives

  • Identify the primary anatomical sites often attributed to lumbar radiculopathy
  • Explain the diagnostic accuracy of select examination findings
  • Describe treatment approaches for lumbar radiculopathy which include exercise, manual therapy and education.
  • Evaluate clinical decision making based on examination results and treatment response.

Course Agenda

  • Prevalence rates
  • Cost and economic considerations
  • Lateral foraminal comprise
  • Lumbar Disc Patho-antaomy
  • Examination Considerations
  • Manual Therapy
  • Exercise based interventions
  • Supportive home exercises
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Prognosis
  • Treatment sequencing


  • William J. Hanney, PT, PhD, ATC/L, CSCS, MTC

William J. Hanney, PT, PhD, ATC/L, CSCS, MTC  is a clinician, researcher and educator who currently serves as an instructor at the University of  Central Florida School of Physical Therapy where he teaches and     conducts clinical research.  Additionally, he maintains a clinical practice at Brooks Rehabilitation.  Dr. Hanney earned his undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida for studies in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and his Master and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  He recently earned a Ph.D. at Nova Southeastern University with research interests in the treatment of cervicogenic pain.  His clinical practice focuses on the treatment of orthopedic conditions with a special interest in core stabilization and muscular control.  He is an experienced educator, clinician and author having presented/published nationally in the areas of biomechanics, rehabilitation and sports medicine.  Dr Hanney maintains involvement in the APTA, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, The   American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and the National Athletic Trainers Association.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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