Clinical Assessment - Spine (Part a)

Saturday  16 March  2019  9:30 AM    Saturday  16 March  2019 4:30 PM
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Clinical Assessment - Spine

This course is split into two parts (Part a and b) and forms part of Phase 2 of the Musculoskeletal Remedial and Exercise Therapy course.

Phase 2: Module 3: Clinical Assessment Spine


  • Structure of the Spine
  • Anatomy of all ligaments, bursa, muscles, connective tissue, nerves and blood supply to the Spine
  • Active, Passive, Active Resisted, and Clinical testing for the shoulder
  • Manual therapy techniques for the Spine
  • Exercise intervention of the Spine - muscular endurance, strength, proprioception and functional tasks
  • All elements integrate the case history, pain science and tissue healing information and activities covered in phase 1


  • You will complete a worksheet that will introduce you to the anatomy and function of the Spine

Part A

Part a) During the morning session you will:

  • Learn in-depth anatomy for the Spine region:
    • Bones and bony landmarks: Vertebrae, Ribs, Sternum, Clavicle, Sacro-Iliac region
    • Joints: Cervical, Thoracics and Lumbar Vertebrae
    • Ligaments: Ligamentum Flavum/Nuchae, AtlantoAxial, Posterior/Anterior Longitudinal, Sacro-Iliac
    • Movements of the Spine and SIJ
    • Muscles: Scalenes, SternoCleidoMastoid, Erectopr Spinae, Quadratus Lumborum, Rectus Abdominus, Obliques, Transverse Abdominus, Diaphragm, Intercostals,
    • Blood Vessels and Nerves: Lumbar, Sacral and Brachial Plexus, Femoral Artery

Part a) During the afternoon session you will:

  • Learn how to conduct clinical testing for the Spine region including:
    • Active & Passive Range of movement testing
    • Active Resisted (Strength) testing
    • Clinical tests (Including the sensitivity and specificity): Slump, Straight Leg Raise, Kemps test, SIJ Distraction/compression, Form/force closure testing, Gilletts, Forward bend
    • Please note: This course does allow you to diagnose Musculoskeletal conditions - the intention is to make sure you can provide a thorough assessment so you may refer onwards to a healthcare practitioner
  • Learn pathology of the Spine region including; Scheurmanns, Disc herniation, Cauda Equina Syndrome, Spinal stenosis, Spondylolithesis, Spinal tumours, Pars Defects, Ankylosing spondylitis, Referred pain from the viscera,

Part B

Part b) During the morning session you will:

  • Conduct a physical assessment for a case history with a Spine injury
  • Learn soft tissue therapy and joint mobilisation techniques for the Spine including: Prone, supine and side lying techniques, Neuromuscular technique (NMT), Soft Tissue Release technique (STR), Joint mobilisation techniques, Soft Tissue Massage (STM)

Part b) During the afternoon session you will:

  • Learn how to structure and plan an early stage exercise plan for someone recovering from an injury
  • Learn how to incorporate elements of pain science into your injury management


  • 3 Parts - Part a) Pre-course worksheet (As above); Part b) Spine injury fact sheet; Part c) Video: Delivery of early stage exercises
  • If you are completing the full diploma course you will be expected to reflect on the content of the Explain Pain and Tissue Healing days throughout your 200 hours of clinical practice and how you have used the skills/communication from those modules with real-life clients
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