Differential Diagnosis of the Spine: Lumbar Spine, Pelvis and Hip Region

About The Course:

The fourth course in the Differential Diagnosis of the Spine series deals with the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis and Hip Regions and the diseases and conditions that can affect this region. Specific mandatory questions, red flags and specific charts on signs and symptoms of diseases and conditions of the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis and Hip regions are presented.  Discussions of the Viscerogenic, Vasculogenic, Spondylogenic conditions that can affect this region are presented and discussed in detail.  Screening tools along with the CPR's and their evidence are presented for the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis and Hip regions.

Outline Of Content:

1 Introduction and Objectives

    2. Quick Review Signs and Symptom Charts

    3. Red Flags and Yellow Flags Specific issues

    4. Mandatory questions for the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis and Hip Region

    5. Diseases that relate or refer to the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis and Hip.

    6. Viscerogenic

    • Kidney Diseases
    • Pulmonary Diseases that refer to the Thorocolumbar region
    • Reproductive Organ Diseases
    • Appendicitis
    • Iliopsoas Abscess
    • Neoplasm of the Abdomen and the Colon
    • Ovarian Cancer
    • Prostate Diseases
    • Spinal Epidural Abscess

    7. Vasculogenic

    • Aortic Aneurysm
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease
    • Neurogenic Claudication
    • Deep Vein Thrombosis

    8.  Spondylogenic

    • Cauda Equina
    • Vertebral Fracture Classifications
    • Sacral Fractures
    • Hip Fractures, Dislocations and Pathologies
    • Pelvis Fracture Classifications

    9. CPR and Evidence

    • Cauda Equina
    • Intermittent Claudication
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Deep Vein Thrombosis
    • Vertebral Fractures

    10. Lumbar Spine, Pelvis and Hip Screening Tools and Evidence

    • Sign of the Buttock
    • Vertebral Fractures
    • SLR
    • Femoral Nerve Slump Test
    • Sacroiliac Cluster

    11. Summary


    1. Identify two serious pathologies that appear to be related to the lumbar spine but are not.
    2. Describe three categories of pelvic fractures than may occur.
    3. Describe the objective differences between vascular claudication and neurogenic claudication.
    4. List the five screening tests for the pelvis and SI joint.

    About The Instructor:

    Debra Dent, BPT, Dip Manip PT, OCS, FCAMPT. 

    Debra has nearly 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy and her Bachelor of Physical Therapy. Ms. Dent also received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT). She is certified as a Part B Manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is an American Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the APTA. 

    Ms. Dent was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association prior to moving to the U.S. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MScPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the U.S. and Canada. 

    Ms. Dent is the owner of Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Palm Harbor, Florida. Her primary case load is Rheumatology and Osteoarthritic patients and she works with a multitude of related dysfunctions, as well as aging and osteoporosis. 


    Instructor Name Debra Dent
    Cost CA$99.00
    Run Time 51:48
    Access Duration Indefinite access after purchase