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Mini Class on Mechanical Pain

Mini Class on Mechanical Pain

Mini Class on Mechanical Pain

This course includes
44:01 of Course Material (View)
Certificate of completion


This online physiotherapy course is designed as an introduction/review of the basic principles of assessing and treating an individual with mechanical low back pain. 

This class is for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and other rehab professionals who do not have a background in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.

The basic principles of assessing someone with back dominant vs. leg dominant pain are taught with a clear understanding that repeated test movements/positions are required at end range to determine the presence of a directional preference. Directional preference and centralization/peripheralization are the hallmark signs of mechanical pain and indicates a straightforward pattern of recovery for your patient. 

Learn how to assess back and leg pain with confidence!


The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken

Carolyn is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy. She has spoken at over 50 conferences and grand round presentations throughout Canada and the United States. Carolyn co-authored the first book on patient-centred pain biology education for pelvic pain, Why Pelvic Pain Hurts, and also co-authored three peer-reviewed framework articles with Sandra Hilton on the assessment and treatment of persistent pelvic pain.

She co-owns a Canadian-based teaching company, Pelvic Health Solutions, and teaches internationally on the physiotherapy for pelvic floor problems. She also manages her own practice in Huntsville, Ontario.

Course Material included in this course
  • Mini Class on Mechanical Pain
  • Leg Dominant vs. Back Dominant Pain
  • Repeated Test Movements
  • Treating Leg Dominant Pain
  • Treating Back Dominant Pain
  • Feedback
  • Next Steps