A Classification and Treatment protocol for Low Back Disorders, Based on the ground breaking research from the Specific Treatment of Problems of the Spine (STOPS)
Presenter: Jon Ford (1/2 day – morning)
Maximum number of participants: 60
Our recent trial on the Specific Treatment of Problems of the Spine (STOPS) evaluated a multi-modal physiotherapy approach for people with LBD and found it to be highly effective on short to intermediate term pain as well as long term function up to 2-years15. Treatment was individualized based on the biomedical, psychosocial and neurophysiological barriers to recovery/return to function.
The STOPS treatment protocol includes concepts that have been validated in the research literature including:
- Functional restoration (FR) including concepts of individualised graded activity and exercise16, 17
- Specific muscle activation within the concept of a comprehensive motor control retraining program18
- Neurophysiological education19
- An individualised rather than generic approach to treatment for persistent pain20
- Manual therapy21 and the McKenzie approach22 in accordance with the original descriptions of these methods
This workshop will engage participants with the STOPS treatment protocol and provide resources to enable a new approach to managing LBD.
- Understand how biomedical, psychosocial and neurophysiological mechanisms shape clinical decision making
- Identify pathologies, clinical patterns, neurophysiological and psychosocial problems not to miss
- Learn to identify the STOPS subgroups and provide individualized treatment
- Be able to develop a prioritised list of barriers to recovery and a treatment program individualized based on the barriers
- Improve ability to provide patient explanations and advice using quality Patient Info Sheets and Clinical Decision Making Flow Charts in patient scenarios
- Introduce treatment methods in addition to the STOPS subgroup based strategies including medication management, graded activity/exercise programs, acceptance and commitment therapy, a cognitive behavioural approach, goal setting, pacing, relaxation, sleep management and managing flare ups
The format of the workshop will be interactive presenter led training (30%), case studies (25%), small group role play (20%). At least 25% of the workshop will remain flexible for exploration of material deemed important by the participants.
More information here.
About the presenter:
Jon Ford PhD, Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport, La Trobe University, Australia. 25 years experience in the management of low back disorders within a physiotherapy and multi-disciplinary setting.