Units of the PSP Certification Program™


Unit 1 – Principles 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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Unit 2 – The Lumbar Spine


Unit 2 – Online Educational Modules:

Topic 1: Diagnostic Imaging/special tests

Imaging of The Lumbosacral Spine

  • Anatomy, part 1
  • Anatomy, part 2
  • Intervertebral Disc Disorders, part 1
  • Intervertebral disc Disorders, part 2
  • Articular Disorders: Spondyloarthropathy
  • Developmental (Congenital) Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis, part 1
  • Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis, part 2
  • Neoplasms
  • Spine trauma
  • Miscellaneous Disorders

Electrodiagnostic testing

  • Physiological principles and methods
    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)
  • Interpretation of results
    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)

 

Topic 2: Interventional Procedures in Patients with Low Back Disorders

  • Epidural injections
  • Facet joint procedures
    • Joint injections
    • Medial branch blocks
    • Radio frequency ablation
  • SI joint injections
  • Intradiscal procedures

 

Topic 3: Lumbar spine surgery

  • Discectomy
  • Decompression
  • Fusion
  • Artificial disc

 

Topic 4: Manual Techniques

  • The Barrier Concept and Grades/Progression of Forces

 

Topic 5: Specific Low Back Conditions

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Disc herniation
  • Lumbar disc pain
  • Lumbar facet and sacroiliac joint pain
  • Lumbar myofascial pain
  • Spondylolisthesis – Isthmic
  • Spondylolisthesis – Degenerative

 

Topic 6: Overview of Physical Examination

  • Overview of Exam – Diagnostic question #2
    • End range loading exam
    • Joint provocation
      • Facet
      • SI
    • Neurodynamic exam
      • Lumbosacral (L4-S1)
      • Lumbar (L2-L4)
    • Myofascial exam
  • Overview of exam – Diagnostic question #3
    • Stability exam
    • Nociceptive system sensitization exam including nonorganic signs
  • Outcome measures for low back patients

 

Topic 7: Therapeutic Exercise in Patients with Low Back Disorders

  • Neural mobilization
  • Spinal Stabilization
  • Education and Graded Exposure in the Management of Nociceptive system Sentitization
  • General Fitness

 

Topic 8: Hip Joint Conditions

  • Hip joint pain
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Piriformis syndrome

 

Topic 9: Outcome Measures

  • Outcome measures for low back

 


Unit 2 – Live Workshop:

The following topics will be covered:

 

Application of the Treatment-Based Classification System and the CRISP® protocols in the Diagnosis of Patients with Low Back Disorders

 

General Principles

  • Medical Management
  • Rehabilitation Management
  • Self-Care Management

 

Principles of Diagnosis

  • Diagnostic question #1: Red flags, visceral pathologies
  • Diagnostic question #2: Disc derangement, joint dysfunction, radiculopathy, myofascial pain
  • Diagnostic question #3: Motor control impairment, instability, nociceptive system sensitization, psychological factors

 

Principles of Management:

  • Medical Management: Diagnostic question #1: referral decisions
  • Rehabilitation Management:
    • Symptom modulation: Diagnosis question #2 – education, treatment options, referral decisions and follow up
    • Movement control, functional optimization – Diagnosis question #3 – education, treatment options, referral decisions and follow up
  • Self-Care Management: education, general approaches

(please note that the content will be updated as needed)

 

Updated | 04.23.2019

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Questions regarding the program:

Michael Timko, PT, MS, FAAOMPT
  PSP - Program Manager

University of Pittsburgh
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
  Bridgeside Point 1
  100 Technology Drive, Suite 210
  Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  (412) 383-6578

  mtimko@pitt.edu

Questions regarding program registration:

Debra Utterback
  PSP - Registration Manager

University of Pittsburgh
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Phsycial Therapy
  Bridgeside Point 1
  100 Technology Drive, Suite 210
  Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  (412) 383-6942

  dsu1@pitt.edu



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