Spine Physiotherapy Knowledge Package

Non-Operative Treatment of the Thoracolumbar Spine

This spine physiotherapy knowledge package focuses on non-operative treatment of the thoracolumbar spine. This spine physiotherapy course is one of four knowledge packages in the Spine Physiotherapy Specialist Certificate.

Price: €249

CME Credits: 21 CME credits available

Duration: 12 Months

Tuition language: English

Course Structure:  7 online lectures in video format with English transcription, with pre- and post- learning assessments and additional learning materials.


Lecturers: Dr Pedro BerjanoDr Enrico Tessitore, Dr Marco Monticone, Dr Gustavo Zanoli, Dr Lorenzo Arribas, Dr John O’Dowd

About this Knowledge Package

This knowledge package focuses on non-operative treatment of the thoracolumbar Spine.

It starts with the clinical presentation and diagnostic work up degenerative disc disorders. Topics covered in-depth in subsequent lectures include the non-operative treatment of spinal stenosis, lumbar spondylosis, lumbar disc herniation and sacroiliac joint pain. There are two lectures on the management and recovery of non-specific low back pain.

This spine course is one of four knowledge packages in the Spine Physiotherapy Specialist Certificate. It includes downloadable reference materials including book chapters and journal articles from the European Spine JournalSpine, the Spine Journal etc.

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the pathophysiology and diagnostic workup of degenerative disc disorders
  2. To understand the pathophysiology of lumbar disc herniation
  3. To understand the pathophysiology of spinal stenosis
  4. To understand the pathophysiology of lumbar spondylosis
  5. To understand the evaluation of sacroiliac joint pain
  6. To be able to apply a diagnostic triage for the treatment of degenerative spine conditions, and the methods available for their conservative treatment

Target Groups


supporting a spine surgery service

Trainee Physiotherapists

seeking to support their spine-specific training

Lectures included in this Knowledge Package

Degenerative Disc Disorders: Clinical Presentation and Diagnostic Workup

This spine lecture covers degenerative disc disorders – their clinical presentation and diagnostic workup, including classification of disc herniation, radiculopathy and thoracic myelopathy.

Non-Operative Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation

In this spine surgery lecture, non-operative treatment of lumbar disc herniation is covered. The author describes the range of modalities available for non-operative management including medication, spinal manipulations exercises, injection therapies and adjuvant therapies such as traction and ozone therapy. All the main indications and side effects of major groups of medication employed, such as NSAIDs, opioids, steroids etc., are described.

Spinal Stenosis: Non-Operative Treatment, Rehab, Medication

In this spine lecture, the non-operative treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis is covered. The results of surgery are compared with conservative therapy to aid in the decision about the appropriate modality for treatment.  The modalities discussed include advice, brace, weight loss, medication, manual therapy, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections and other algological treatments.

Non-Operative Treatment of Lumbar Spondylosis

This spine lecture covers non-operative treatment of lumbar spondylosis. The modalities discussed include physical activity, exercise therapy, cognitive behavioral strategies, spinal manipulation, physical modalities, pharmacotherapy and various spinal injections. Each modality is explained with its postulated mechanism of action, accepted treatment schedule and clinical outcome discussed in light of clinical evidence.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Evaluation and Treatment

This lecture covers the management of sacroiliac joint pain, beginning with a description of the anatomy and biomechanics of sacroiliac joint. The clinical presentation is outlined and the examination methods are explained in detail including videos of very important tests. Conservative and operative treatments are discussed, and the indications for each group of treatment are explained in detail.

Management of non-specific low back pain

This spine surgery lecture covers the management of non-specific low back pain. The routine which should be followed in taking history and performing clinical examination of non-specific low back pain is outlined. It is then followed by a description of the goal-oriented diagnostic triage approach to help in identification of the patients who need urgent referral. The judicious use of imaging is explained. Finally, the flag system is discussed in depth with special emphasis on red flags.

Psychosocial Factors in Low Back Pain Management

Psychological factors are one of the major factors undermining the effectiveness of low back pain treatment. This spine lecture looks at the role these factors play in the recovery of these patients from symptomatic low back pain.

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Physiotherapy of the Thoracolumbar Spine

Spine Physiotherapy Knowledge Package

Physiotherapy of the Thoracolumbar Spine

  • 7 online video lectures
  • 14 Pre- and post- learning assessments
  • Downloadable reference materials
  • 21 CME Credits
  • 12 Months Access

Price: €249

Modules of the Spine Physiotherapy Specialist Certificate Course

The Spine Physiotherapy Specialist Certificate contains 4 Physiotherapy Knowledge Packages. You can enrol on each Knowledge Package individually to spread out the cost of the Specialist Certificate. Find out more information on each Package by the links below:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an eccElearning Knowledge Package, and who are they for?

A: Knowledge Packages are bundles of 3-6 Spine Lectures from the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme. Each Lecture includes the Lecture Presentation, Additional Learning Resources, Pre-Learning Quiz and Lecture Assessment. Each Lecture is viewed online in video format and lasts from 20-45 minutes. The Lectures contain relevant additional learning resources (book chapters, research papers, surgical videos, master lecture videos, case reports, review articles, etc.), which are presented in context and viewable immediately for your convenience.

Knowledge Packages are typically for Spine Fellows, Residents and experienced Spine Surgeons. Some Knowledge Packages are beneficial for other Medical or Non-Surgical Professionals, such as Radiologists or Physiotherapists.

Knowledge Packages make up our Specialist Certificates, and Specialist Certificates make up our full Spine Surgery Diploma. Students can therefore work their way towards full qualifications in Spine Surgery in affordable chunks. Alternatively, Knowledge Packages are a great way for experienced Spine Surgeons to augment their knowledge with the most up-to-date education in specific spine topics.

Q: What does a Knowledge Package include?

A: Each Knowledge Package is a bundle of 3-6 Spine Lectures from the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme. They contain all relevant Lecture Presentations, compulsory downloadable reference material (such as journal articles and book chapters), pre- and post- learning assessments and CME Credits. You will have access to all these materials for 12 months.

Q: Who recognises the eccElearning Lectures and Packages?

A: All eccElearning Lectures are CME accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), of the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). EACCME credits can be converted into an equivalent number of American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits, so you can be sure the qualification is recognised internationally. eccElearning is also endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

Q: Is there a final exam?

A: There is no final exam for Knowledge Packages. However, if you purchase all Knowledge Packages within a Specialist Certificate, you will need to complete a 1-hour multiple-choice question Examination to be awarded that Specialist Certificate.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing a Knowledge Package?

A: Yes, you have a study period of 12 Months to complete a Knowledge Package. However, a Knowledge Package is typically completed successfully by students within 2-3 weeks of starting.

Q: Can I request an extension?

A: Extensions are possible in justifiable circumstances. Contact us via our feedback/enquiry form to discuss your case.

Q: Can I try before I buy?

A: Yes. A free trial Lecture is available for you to review. Just register at www.eccelearning.com and navigate to Your Free Demo Lecture.

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: All major credit and debit cards.

Q: What is your cancellation and refund policy?

A: Candidates may apply for a full or partial refund within 14 days of a purchase. A refund will only be granted if there has been no significant activity on the respective content by the candidate. Applications for refunds may be sent via the contact form.