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Pre-Conference Course: Segmental Lumbar Stabilization Progression into Functional Mobility
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Pre-Conference Course: Segmental Lumbar Stabilization Progression into Functional Mobility

When: Friday, October 11
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: South Point Hotel and Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV  89183
United States
Presenter: Yousef Ghandour, PT, MOMT, FAAOMPT
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929 - 2782 x105

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Course Description

This practical and comprehensive course integrates lumbar anatomy, biomechanics, neurology and exercise physiology together. Includes scientific fundamentals and evidence-based knowledge that is essential to understanding impairment and dysfunction. Yousef Ghandour will discuss and demonstrate a progressive approach to training the lumbar spine musculature to improve coordination and stability from a caudal to cranial approach. Lumbar stabilization made simple with segmental assessment of deep lumbar muscle group instability and progression into stability. This unique approach addresses a specific treatment management to deep lumbar rotator. Treatment demonstration and performing Dynamic Soft Tissue Mobilization (DSTM), discussion of exercise progression strategies and culminating in stability, functional mobility and return to sports.

The instructor will utilize manual and tactile techniques, demonstrate home exercise strategies designed to maintain the gains made in the clinic. The participants will be able to take the knowledge learned in this one-day course and apply it immediately to their patients and clients. This course is 30% lecture and 70% hands-on lab.


Course Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the anatomy of the lumbar spine, muscles and neurophysiology
  • Describe the biomechanics of the lumbar spine
  • Identify and describe components of lumbar instability
  • Perform Segmental Mobility testing of the lumbar spine
  • Perform Dynamic Soft Tissue Mobilization of the lumbar spine
  • Perform a limited functional screening of Lumbar spine
  •  Perform isolated testing and treatment strategies for key muscles contributing to lumbar stability
  • Perform treatment progression from unstable segment to functional stability
  • Discuss the progression of concentric and eccentric exercise progression
  • Discuss positional progression for optimal muscle recruitment
  • Return to Sports


Speaker Bio

Yousef Ghandour, PT, MOMT, FAAOMPT is co-owner and clinic director of PRN La Jolla - San Diego. Yousef has been practicing as a Physical Therapist for over 32 years. Yousef graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Long Beach University, and earned his graduate degree Masters of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (MOMT) 1991, from the Ola Grimsby Institute in San Diego, CA. Completed additional two years part II residency program and became a fellow in AAOMPT 1994. Yousef is an instructor at the Ola Grimsby Institute, faculty at the University of St. Augustine and currently pursuing his doctoral degree through USA.

Yousef is passionate about Orthopedic manual Physical Therapy and enjoys sharing his knowledge with his colleagues. He is a member of several physical therapy organizations including the American Physical Therapy Association; The California State Physical Therapy Association, the Orthopedic section of the APTA; the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists; and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). Yousef has been an instructor for over 30 years. He has conducted seminars in numerous subjects in sports medicine and orthopedic manual physical therapy, including soft tissue mobilization and dynamic lumbar stabilization.



7:00 am   Registration and Check In
7:30 am - Introduction / Definition of Lumbar Instability
8:00 am - Spinal biomechanics
8:30 am - Literature Overview
9:00 am - Anatomy Components of Pelvic Stability
9:30 am - Break
9:45 am - Lab I: Lumbar Segmental Mobility Testing and Mobilization
10:30 am - Lab II: Soft Tissue Mobilization
12:00 pm - Lunch On your own
1:00 pm - Lab III Functional Testing in supine and Weight bearing
2:00 pm - Lab IIV Introduction to Segmental Recruitment Prone Strategies
                   - Side lying: Moderate Level
3:00 PM - Break
3:15 pm - Lab IV: Segmental Recruitment
                   - Side lying: High Level
                   - Standing: Moderate to Advanced
4:15 pm Lab V Lumbar spine sidelying Mod to difficult level
4:45 pm Lab VI Lumbar spine Standing and Sitting Mod to difficult level
5:00 pm Q &A & Adjourn



Approved for 8 contact hours or 0.8 CEU



South Point Hotel and Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89183



Registration received by September 27, 2019

$300 APTA  members
$480 Non-members 

Add $100 for late registration.


All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after September 27, 2019.

What to Bring

Please bring a yoga mat or towel for laying on the floor. You should also bring a pillow or extra towel for neck support.