Rusk Rehabilitation Lumbar Spine Symposium: Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice


Saturday, May 20, 2017

NYU Langone Medical Center
Smilow Seminar Room
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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Course Director

Mia Palazzo, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Program Manager, Physical Therapy, Occupational
Therapy and Sports Performance Center
NYU Langone Medical Center



Early Bird Fee: $225 (Ends 11:59 EST on 4/7/2017)
Regular Fee: $275
NYU Langone/NYU Lutheran Faculty & Staff*: $100
Students/Fellows/Residents: $100

* Must provide valid NYU Langone/NYU Lutheran ID

After 12pm on May 16, 2017, only on-site registration is available, provided the course has not reach capacity. Check payments are required for on-site registration. Participants who register on-site will receive a receipt via email in 1-2 weeks post course. We cannot accept telephone or e-mail registration. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Bergen, via email at



Physicians, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and athletic trainers



Back pain is a top reason people seek health care, especially from physical therapists and physicians. Nonetheless, research has revealed that therapists and physicians do not feel confident treating individuals with back pain. Good and useful information and management strategies exist, but are unknown and unused. Both patients and practitioners are less frustrated. As the back pain epidemic grows and the evidence reveals the high risk and small rewards from opioid drugs and surgery, patients and professionals need new viable treatment options. e art and science of medicine appear in conflict, forcing clinicians to choose between the sides of experience and evidence. Dr. Chad Cook, our keynote speaker, and an internationally acclaimed scholar, embodies and promotes the balance of art and science in his education and research. Our team values this balance and has combined our extensive clinical experience and scholarship to provide you with the most scientifically-sound and artfully-applied course material.



At the conclusion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the gap between clinical practice guidelines and current patterns and beliefs for the treatment of low back pain
  • Compare and contrast the differences in pathoanatomical and the biopsychosocial models of low back care
  • Identify the biopsychosocial factors and how they may influence the management and outcomes of low back pain
  • Choose the best screening tests for systemic disease and non-musculoskeletal pathology in patients with low back pain
  • Describe the CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for patients with chronic pain
  • Determine the optimal time during lower back pain management to refer patients for invasive care (injections)
  • Identify subgroups of patients that would benefit from manual therapy or integrated exercise



The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



NYU Langone Medical Center is a New York State Education Department approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This course is approved for a maximum of 7.25 physical therapy/physical therapist assistant contact hours. This activity is pending approval in NJ. The following states require continuing education units with no state-specific approval: CT, IA, ID, MO, ND and WA.



NYU Langone Medical Center is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 7.25 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.

BOC Approved Provider Number: P2540



In order to request a refund you must e-mail no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the course. An administrative fee of $75 will be deducted from your refund. Cancelations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. Registration is non-transferrable. Fax cancellations are not accepted.



In the unusual circumstance that this course is cancelled, two weeks’ notice will be given and tuition will be refunded in full. Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by participants.