For the first time, a full review of published evidence for treatment options for interventional and non-surgical treatment of lumbar facetogenic pain, from international expert Dr Mark Laslett. 


Back Pain 100 , 200, 300 and 301 courses  are recommended  prerequisites before starting this course. 

Who is this Course For? 

This course is suitable for those with some experience in managing people with low back pain or those working in advanced practice or spine triage roles. 

Join Mark in the Clinic:

As with all Mark Laslett courses, the focus is always on the patient. You get the opportunity to explore his interaction with patients through the extensive video taken during clinical assessment and treatment. 

Video case studies are annotated with extensive use of captions to assist in understanding dialogue.

Interested in Research?

At the end of the course there is a lesson on what research project and themes Mark Laslett believes is necessary to improve on the evidence base, and to fill in large gaps that exist.

Course Content

    1. Welcome to BP304 Lumbar Facet Joint Pain: Diagnosis & Treatment

    2. Where did you hear about this course?

    3. About the Instructor

    4. About you

    5. Course Manual

    1. Chapter 1 References

    2. Lesson 1: Anatomy & Biomechanics of the Lumbar Facet Joints

    3. Chapter 1 Anatomy & Biomechanics Quiz

    1. Chapter 2 References

    2. Lesson 2: Facetogenic Pain: The Concept & Syndrome

    3. Lesson 3: Clinical Diagnosis Part 1: The start of an evidence base

    4. Lesson 4: Clinical Diagnosis Part 2: Clinical Prediction Rules in Practice

    5. Chapter 2 Diagnostics Quiz

    1. Case Studies Introduction

    2. Tom Initial Assessment: Introduction

    3. Tom. Initial Consultation: History

    4. Tom Initial Assessment: Physical Examination

    5. Documentation for Tom

    6. Chapter 3 Case Study (Tom) Quiz

    7. Marge Initial Consultation: History

    8. Marge Initial Consultation: Physical Examination

    9. Marge Initial Consultation: Summary, conclusion, Management Plan

    10. Marge: Follow up review at 15 months

    11. Documentation for Marge

    12. Chapter 3 Case Study (Marge) Quiz

    13. Case Report Exercise (Bill)

    14. Sample Case (Bill) Report Exercise Quiz

    1. References

    2. Lesson 5: Evidence Base for Treatment Lumbar Facetogenic Pain: Part 1

    3. Lesson 6: Evidence Base for Treatment Lumbar Facetogenic Pain: Part 2

    4. Chapter 4 Treatment of Lumbar Facetogenic Pain Quiz

    5. Lesson 7: Research Questions and Opportunities

    1. Complete Your Reading Self Report & Receive Your CEU Certificate

    2. Before you go...

About this course

  • $150.00
  • Total study time: 6 hrs + reading
  • Access: 12 months
  • CPD Certificate provided

What You Will Learn in this Course:

This course will cover:

  • Clinically relevant anatomy & biomechanics of the lumbar facet joints.

  • Detail on the clinical history taking with patients known to have lumbar facetogenic pain.

  • Mark Laslett’s distillation and synthesis of the relevant published literature on the diagnosis of lumbar facetogenic pain

  • Clinical reasoning from the history and physical examination derived clinical prediction rules (CPRs) that enables the clinician to predict the outcome of screening facet joint blocks.

  • Evidence underpinning non-surgical treatment interventions for lumbar facetogenic pain.

  • The gaps in the published evidence regarding treatment of lumbar facetogenic pain, and suggested research themes needing urgent attention.

Learning Activities

A range of activities for all learning styles.

  • Video presentations

    Video and audio enhanced presentations with English language captions.

  • Course Manual

    Download the course manual to keep for future clinical reference.

  • Video Case Studies

    Follow Mark's clinical reasoning in diagnosis and treatment with real patient case studies.

  • Reference Articles

    Extensive reading list and downloadable reference articles with latest evidence.

  • Quizzes

    Test your understanding and find areas
    for review.

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Instructor Dr Mark Laslett


Physiotherapy Specialist Musculoskeletal

Mark has over 50 years of clinical experience in musculoskeletal practice. He completed his PhD in “Diagnostic accuracy of the clinical examination compared to available reference standards in chronic low back pain patients” at the University of Linköping, Sweden in 2001 and in 2014 he became the first Specialist Physiotherapist registered in New Zealand.

His academic and research interest is in the theory and practice of diagnostics, has over 40 publications, contributed chapters to two multi-author books and published his own text Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy: The Upper Limb in 1996.

He became a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy in 2007, was made an honorary Life Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand in September 2014, and of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association in 2015.

He continues to practice as a consultant clinician in Christchurch, NZ and remains active in clinical research.

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