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CANCELLED: PT PAC Course - Assessment and Treatment of Lumbar Spine Disorders

Barrow Brain and Spine

CANCELLED: Attendees who registered for this course will receive a full refund. Our apologies for the late notice.  Please contact us at with questions.

April 22, 8am – 4:30 pm

  • Member: $125
  • Prospective Members: $175
  • Students:  $50
Register Online Here  PT PAC Course 2017 Registration Form

Course Description:  Low back pain is one of the most commonly treated diagnosis in outpatient orthopaedic settings.   Diagnosing and treating patients with low back pain can be challenging for a variety of reasons. This course will present an integrated approach using movement science concepts with manual therapy to evaluate and treat lumbar spine disorders. Attendees will learn how to use the subjective history to design a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan for the lumbar spine. 

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this class the learner will be able to accurately:

  1. Understand the muscle length and tension relationship.
  2. Differentiate between short vs. stiff muscles.
  3. Develop an understanding of the difference between muscle length and strength issues.
  4. Understand how the muscle length and tension relationship affects the path of movement.
  5. Understand the relationship between path of movement and motor control.
  6. Identify five components of the subjective history.
  7. Identify common mechanical and non-mechanical disorders of the lumbar spine.
  8. Perform a thorough musculoskeletal examination including posture and movement analysis, joint and soft tissue assessment, muscle length and strength assessment, and special tests.
  9. Select appropriate therapeutic exercises and joint mobilization techniques to address relevant impairments related to functional activity and participation restrictions.


Sandhya (Sandy) Dharmadas, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, YTRx
Board Certified in Orthopaedics

Pelvic Floor Specialist

Dr. Sandy Dharmadas is a part-time faculty at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) where she teaches Orthopaedics and Procedures classes.  She is a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and is the clinical specialist for pelvic floor rehabilitation and founder of Resonance Physical Therapy, Inc. in Folsom, CA.  She completed her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy at the University of Oklahoma and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at A.T. Still University at Mesa, AZ.  She is a graduate of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopaedic Residency, Manual Therapy Fellowship, and Movement Science Fellowship programs.  She has been an avid learner and enthusiastic proponent of holistic physical therapy in her over 17 years as a physical therapist and over 12 years as a pelvic floor specialist and as a yoga therapist.  Her special interest is in treating female and male clients with various pelvic floor conditions and chronic pain syndromes including pelvic pain using an integrative approach, encouraging her clients to be active participants in their self-care, and providing them with the necessary tools to achieve their fullest potential and living their best life.


Kimberly Varnado, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT
Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist

Dr. Kimberly Varnado is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Midwestern University (MWU).  She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.  She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Indiana University and completed the Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Residency and Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship programs. In 2017, she received her Doctorate degree in Health Sciences with an Education Concentration from A. T. Still University.   Dr. Varnado is a Movement Links Certified Clinician (MLC) trained to systematically identify and manage contributing factors to musculoskeletal pain dysfunctions.  She has over 11 years of physical therapy experience and currently incorporates her training into her private practice Inquisicare, LLC. Her clinical practice focuses on management of common and complex musculoskeletal conditions observed in active professionals.  For the past six years Dr. Varnado has taught clinical reasoning and musculoskeletal content in the MWU physical therapy curriculum. Dr. Varnado is dedicated to teaching, lifelong learning, health promotion, and improving the quality of life of her patients. 

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