Online Physical Therapy Courses

Course Instructor

Brian Nalazek, OMPT, PT, CWT , graduated with department honors with a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the Oakland University in Rochester, MI in 1990. He completed his orthopedic manual physical therapy residency program (based from the Kaltenborn/Evjenth Nordik System) in 1999. He received his certificate of completion from the IWA as a certified weight trainer in October of 2003. He is also in the process of completing his advanced masters degree in orthopedics. Brian combines his extensive orthopedic background to the systematic approach of his teachings. He has been educating in a variety of orthopedic topics for over eight years. Brian successfully set up an orthopedic clinic and has established a community network of physicians and therapists. He also set up a consistent referral base with local physicians due to the successful outcomes he obtains with his orthopedic clients.

Brians approach to orthopedic dysfunction combines an eclectic approach of joint mobilizations, muscle reeducation, manual therapy, exercise and education.

The Lumbopelvic Region - A Systematic Approach Utilizing Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Exercises and Muscle Energy Techniques

This intermediate level two-day seminar is designed to provide the medical professional with the information needed to develop a comprehensive evaluation and treatment program for the lumbopelvic region. This course begins with a review of the functional anatomy of the lumbar spine, lumbo sacral junction and the pelvic girdle. The biomechanical and musculoskeletal relationships between the structures are explored and an in-depth analysis of functional and dysfunctional biomechanics is thoroughly covered.

By engaging the participants in laboratory exercises, the fundamentals of lumbopelvic dysfunctions are exposed. In-depth analysis of the biomechanics of the lumbar spine, iliosacral and sacroiliac joints are presented as the basis for evaluation of alignment within the lumbopelvic region. Through extensive lab exercises, the participants are led through a systematic approach to identifying functional versus dysfunctional motion and are led through a series of hands on activities to develop comprehensive management approaches to restoring optimal biomechanical function. Each dysfunction discussed is followed by treatment solutions that include a systematic manual therapy approach utilizing joint mobilizations as well as muscle energy and stabilization exercises. Dysfunctions such as hypo/hypermobility, disc disorders, facet arthropathy, positional faults, stenosis, compression fractures, muscle imbalances, upslips, downslips and pelvic rotations are thoroughly covered.

Through use of extensive manual techniques and exercises, participants will learn to restore a patients function and spinal alignment. The illustrated course manual provides step-by-step instructions that assist the clinician to immediately and confidently apply the new skills to their clinical setting. By combining this comprehensive assessment and treatment approach participants will understand the importance of identifying specific dysfunctions in a timely manner. Proper timing of specific rehabilitation techniques will facilitate effective treatment outcomes. Participants of this course will be able to effectively treat lumbopelvic dysfunction by achieving significant results in fewer treatment sessions.

Category: Lumbopelvic Region Treatment course, physical therapy continuing education course, occupational therapy continuing education course

Professional Attendance: This continuing medical education course is applicable for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.

  • Understand the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbopelvic region.
  • Describe the indications and contraindications for using muscle energy and joint mobilization techniques.
  • Assess lumbar, sacral, innominate and pubic dysfunctions and make appropriate diagnoses.
  • Differentiate between dysfunctions originating from facets, discs or musculoskeletal origins.
  • Identify specific dysfunctions in the lumbopelvic region and understand when and how to apply appropriate treatment solutions.
  • Utilize a combination of techniques (joint mobilizations, muscle energy, therapeutic exercises) to effectively treat dysfunctions of the lumbopelvic region.
  • Provide appropriate home exercise prescription for patients to maintain normal and correct alignment.
  • Provide step-by-step treatment programs for each dysfunction.

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    The Lumbopelvic Region - A Systematic Approach Utilizing Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Exercises and Muscle Energy Techniques

    Start DateEnd DateLocation - **Click to Map It**TuitionHrsHotelRegister
    Apr 11, 15Apr 12, 15Vital Rehabilitation

    Chicago, IL

    $425.0018.00View HotelsRegister
    Apr 25, 15Apr 26, 15John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

    Wilkes-Barre Township, PA

    $425.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    May 02, 15May 03, 15Colonial Orthopaedics

    Colonial Heights, VA

    $425.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    May 30, 15May 31, 15Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

    Seattle, WA

    $425.0015.00View HotelsRegister
    Sep 26, 15Sep 27, 15NRH Regional Rehab OCOR

    Washington, DC

    $425.0018.00View HotelsRegister
    Nov 21, 15Nov 22, 15Multicare Tacoma General Hospital

    Tacoma, WA

    $425.0015.00View HotelsRegister

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapist and occupational therapist license renewal in the state the course is offered. For additional inquiry regarding approval in a particular state contact us

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