Florida- Current Treatment of Lower Back Pain


Approved for all Florida PT’s and PTA’s!

This online CE course is designed to provide therapists with information and skills to provide the most effective treatment for the lower back patient in order to obtain the best possible outcomes, allowing a patient to return to their highest level of function, including ADL, work or athletic performance.


Course Overview

  • Know where we were, where we are, and where we need to go in order to treat back patients effectively.
  • Learn recent research on back pain. Understand the functional anatomy. Understand the role of the muscular system, and identify the importance of “movers” and “stabilizers.”
  • Discover a different approach in the evaluation of acute and chronic back patients. Discover a different treatment philosophy based on scientific facts.
  • Understand common causes of lower back pain.
  • Learn how to address the local and global stabilization systems of the lower back. Recognize the importance of local/global/functional stabilization.

Approval Info

This continuing education online course has been approved by APTA Florida for 3 CE hours.

Approval Number CE23-990702.

Course Developer

Jos Dorrestein, PT, MHS is a specialist in the field of orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Physical Therapy in The Hague, the Netherlands and with a Master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been a licensed physical therapist in the United States and Europe for over 42 years and has extensive experience in the treatment of spinal disorders. He is a member of the American and Illinois Physical Therapy Associations and its Orthopedic and Sports Sections. He currently works in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, where he treats several difficult spine patients. Previous work experience includes hospitals, long-term facilities, home health, outpatient clinics and on-site physical therapy clinics. He has worked with a variety of patients and has also worked with several Fortune 500 companies in the capacity of industrial physical therapist.

He has also owned his own practice and has been a director at several facilities. While treatment is an essential element in the management of back disorders, the key to Mr. Dorrestein’s success is his evaluation methodology and program design.

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