Boot Camp for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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Dr. Carlo Ammendolia, DC, PhD

Boot Camp for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Dates: April 4, 2020 [8AM-5PM]

Price: $400

Continuing Education Units: 7 hours

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All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Mercer-Marquette Challenge

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Course Description

The Boot camp program is an evidence-based multi-modal approach suited for practitioners who use manual therapy. The approach is focused on improving functional status especially walking ability. The program is directed to the multi-faceted aspects of DLSS that includes physical impairments (patho anatomy, spinal stiffness, lower extremity weakness and overall deconditioning), pathophysiology (neuro-ischemia) and psychosocial aspects (poor expectations and depression). This workshop will provide step-by-step training on how to perform all necessary patient exercises, manual therapy techniques and how to provide patents with self-management strategies. At the end of the workshop the learner will be able to implement the Boot Camp Program in their clinic.

Workshop Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Lecture Portion

  • Understand the etiology, patho-anatomy, patho-physiology, prevalence and burden of disease in symptomatic LSS
  • Understand the key features of the history and physical examination for patients presenting with back/lower extremity symptoms impacting walking and standing ability
  • Know common differential diagnoses for neurogenic claudication due to lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Know how to differentiate each of the diagnoses know red flags for potential serious disease among patients who present with back/lower extremity symptoms
  • Know the role of imaging for assessing patients with back/lower extremity symptoms impacting walking ability
  • Know when to recommend a surgical consult/epidural injection
  • Know potential effective non-surgical treatments for neurogenic claudication
  • Understand the chronic disease model of care and management
  • Understand the role of patient self-management and self-monitoring
  • Learn how to monitor patient outcomes and instruct on patient self-management
  • Learn results from clinical trials on the Boot Camp Program for LSS

Demonstration/Hands-On Portion

  • Learn to perform all the specific manual therapy techniques
    • Understand the rationale and learn to perform all the manual techniques in the boot camp program
  • Learn to perform all the specific patient exercises
    • Understand the rationale and learn to perform all patient exercises in the boot camp program
  • Learn how to implement the boot camp program in your clinic
    • Understand the rationale for the Boot Camp Program and its underlying principles
  • Learn how to integrate and implement program in your clinic

Course Education Materials

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Patient Workbook

  • Written background information on the causes, common symptoms and available treatments for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • An overview of the Boot Camp Program for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis 
  • Instructions and illustration of all patient exercises and self-management strategies
  • A schedule to record intensity and frequency of each exercises over the 6-week program

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Patient Instructional DVD

  • Video presentation by Dr. Ammendolia on the causes, common symptoms and available treatments for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and overview of the Boot Camp Program for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis 
  • Video demonstration of all exercises and self-management strategies including proper sitting/driving/standing/walking and sleeping postures

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Practitioner Treatment Protocol DVD

  • Video demonstration on all manual therapy techniques
  • Instruction on how to implement the Boot Camp Program into clinical practice

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Practitioner Implementation Guide

  • Written step-by-step and visit by visit instruction on implementing and integrating the boot camp program into clinical practice
  • Recommended patient schedule and progression for daily exercise intensity and frequency over the 6-week program

About the Speaker

Dr. Carlo Ammendolia is the Director of the Spine Clinic and the Spinal Stenosis Program at the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research and his PhD in Clinical Evaluative Sciences from the University of Toronto. Dr. Ammendolia is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. 

In 2012 and 2017, Dr. Ammendolia was recipient of the Professorship in Spine Award from the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine. In 2015, he was awarded the Chiropractor of the Year Award from the Ontario Chiropractic Association and in 2016 the Researcher of the Year Award from the Canadian Chiropractic Association. Dr. Ammendolia has been in clinical practice for over 36 years and now combines clinical practice, research and teaching in the areas of non-operative treatment of mechanical, degenerative and inflammatory spinal disorders. He is the founder of spinemobility, a not-for-profit Research and Resource Centre aimed at developing and testing programs for spinal and other musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Ammendolia developed the Boot Camp Programs for lumbar spinal stenosis, persistent low back pain, persistent neck pain, ankylosing spondylitis, sciatica, persistent shoulder pain, knee and hip OA and fibromyalgia. He conducts workshops worldwide on his boot camp programs.

October 12, 2019 |

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