Units of the PSP Certification Program™


Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Primary Spine Care


Unit 2 – The Lumbar Spine


Unit 3 – The Cervical Spine


Unit 4 – Clinical Management and Final Proficiency Exam


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Required Readings

Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain, Volumes I and II, by Donald R. Murphy, DC, FRCC

These texts are required reading for the University of Pittsburgh Primary Spine Practitioner Certification Program™. These are clinical workbooks that instruct the practitioner on the application of an evidence-based, relationship-centered approach to spine care. They are designed to give practitioners and students a concise means to integrate disparate findings, organize clinical data, form a diagnosis, and design an effective management strategy. Two chapters on case studies illustrate the real-world application of Primary Spine Care in actual patient scenarios.

These books will be referenced throughout the course and it is recommended that attendees read the books cover-to-cover in order to familiarize themselves with the material that will be expanded upon in the live and distance learning modules.

Students are responsible for requiring their own texts.

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Volume I:

Primary Management of Low Back Disorders Using The CRISP Protocols

Murphy, Donald R.

 

 

 

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Volume II:

Primary Management of Cervical Disorders Using The CRISP Protocols

Murphy, Donald R.

 

 


The following documents are available for download.

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The Establishment of a Primary Spine Care Practitioner and its Benefits to Health Care Reform in the United States

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Murphy D, Justice B, Paskowski I, Perle S, Schneider M

 

 

Treatment-Based Classificiation System for Low Back Pain: Revision and Update Diagram

 

Treatment-Based Classificiation System for Low Back Pain: Revision and Update

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Alrwaily M, Timko M, Schneider M, Stevans J, Bise C, Hariharan K, et al.

 

 


Recommended Reading

  1. Christensen CM, Grossman JH, Hwang J. The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2009.
  2. Dower C, Moore J, Langelier M. It Is Time To Resctructure Health Professions Scope-Of-Practice Regulations To Remove Barriers To Care. Health affairs. 2013 Nov;32(11):1971-6.
  3. Hartvigsen J, Foster NE, Croft PR. We need to rethink front line care for back pain. Bmj. 2011;342:d3260.
  4. Porter ME. A Strategy for Health Care Reform--Toward a Value-Based System. The New England journal of medicine. 2009 Jul 9;361(2):109-12
  5. Porter ME, Lee TH. The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care. Harvard Bus Rev. 2013;Oct:1-19.
  6. Porter ME, Teisberg EO. Redefining Health Care:  Creating Value-Based Competition on Results. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press; 2006.

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Updated | 12.08.2020

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