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Low Back Pain: The Role of Fear

Course #: 03-812

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Price: $45.00

Please Note: This course has varying hours depending on the state in which you're licensed. See Below.

  • Nevada Physical Therapy Board: 1.00 Hours
  • All Other Organizations: 5.00 Hours
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Course Description

CEU Course Description

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most prevalent diseases in most developed and developing countries, and evidence suggests that psychosocial factors, especially fear-avoidance beliefs are important in predicting patients who will progress from an acute to a chronic stage, as well as failure of interventions.  The goals of this CEU course are to evaluate the relationship between trunk mechanical properties and psychological features in people with recurrent LBP, determine whether balance response of LBP patients is different from healthy controls under various conditions, and find out whether body sway is related to the fear of fall in LBP individuals.  Fear and psychological distress in regards to pain and disability is also discussed.

 CEU Course Objectives

  1. Discuss what the focus of a rehabilitative approach should be on in pain sufferers with increased COP excursions.
  2. Enumerate the aspects of the fear-avoidance model.
  3. Explain what most LBP patients believe about their back pain.
  4. Examine which psychological factor is likely to influence motor output and alter trunk mechanical behavior.
  5. Define catastrophizing.
  6. Elucidate what the performance of the postural balance system is affected by.

CEU Course Syllabus

  Use of the Back Belief Questionnaire

  1.44 Contact Hours  

  Stiffness in Relation to Fear of Movement   0.82 Contact Hours 
  Fear Effects on Postural Sway   0.65 Contact Hours 
  Fear Avoidance and Postural Stability   0.65 Contact Hours 
  Effects of Physical Activity on Fear and Catastrophizing     1.44 Contact Hours 


Total = 5 Contact Hours

Instructional level:  Intermediate

Please note: Approval of this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor.

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