Lumbar Spine Evaluation

This weekend we had one of our monthly guest lectures on Saturday and Sunday, Kris Porter, PT, DPT, OCS. We covered the assessment of the lumbar spine. The course reviewed many of the concepts introduced to me during the residency, along with some variations from another expert clinician, Kris Porter.


Collective learning of skills from other residency programs and clinical experts helps to solidify concepts and introduce clinical pearls from other experts.

Some topics covered and hopefully summarized in the near future:
-Relative flexibility of muscles in relation to the spine
-Clinical prediction rules for the lumbar spine
-Manual therapy assessment/ treatments
-Mulligan techniques
-Tri-planar assessment of joints
– Neuro tension mobilizations
– Core endurance assessment

Looking forward to the next lecture with Kris Porter’s mentor Richard Jackson and more specific assessment and treatment options for the pelvic girdle.


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