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Pelvic Girdle Pain and Spine Course

Understanding the diagnostics and treatment of the lumbopelvic spine


The Pelvic Girdle Pain and Spine course will introduce participants to the most recent scientific understanding of the lumbo-pelvic anatomy and biomechanics. Clinicians will gain a new understanding of the lumbo-pelvic region and learn evidence-based practical skills immediately applicable in the clinic.

Based on his distinguished research and clinical career, Prof. Dr. Andry Vleeming will presents his research work and the work of others and guide participants to become better clinicians with improved clinical diagnostic and treatment skills for patients with lumbo-pelvic pain and dysfunction.

The course includes theoretical lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and lab sessions.

About the Instructor

Andry Vleeming, PT, PhD is a world-renowned clinical anatomist and physical therapist. Since 1990, when he established a clinical research team at the Erasmus Medical University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Dr. Vleeming has been studying the lumbar spine and pelvis from an anatomical and clinical perspective. His anatomical and biomechanical research has been accepted worldwide and incorporated into rehabilitation programs for patients with lumbopelvic dysfunction.

In 1996, he founded the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Centre in Rotterdam, a specialized rehabilitation hospital for severe chronic lumbar and pelvic pain patients, in cooperation with the Dutch government. His accomplishments were recognized when he was honored with knighthood. Currently, Dr. Vleeming is a professor at the Ghent Medical University in the Department of Rehabilitation and Kinesiotherapy and a visiting professor in Clinical Anatomy at the University of New England in Maine.

Dr. Vleeming and his colleagues continue to study the stability and movement of the pelvis and spine, which has led to many publications in spine journals. By applying new techniques to measure motion of the pelvis, such as radio stereo photogrammetry analysis-RSA- and echo-Doppler oscillation research, new insights revealed that the motion of the pelvis in patients is different than expected. Evidence-based studies demonstrated that many manual tests of the pelvis are not sufficiently reliable and new tests became available. These new diagnostic test procedures became accepted as a standard for evidence-based diagnosis of the pelvis.

Dr. Vleeming is chairman of the Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain in close cooperation with the office of continuing education of the University of San Diego. He acted as chairman for the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) committee development of the European Pelvic Girdle Pain Guidelines, which were published in 2008.  Dr. Vleeming has written more than 60 peer reviewed articles in leading musculoskeletal journals. He is the author of 15 books on the musculoskeletal system and editor of 20 books and 18 book chapters, including the book Movement, Stability & Lumbopelvic Pain: Integration of Research and Therapy.  Click Here to view Dr. Vleeming’s scientific publications.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the Pelvic Girdle Pain and Spine Course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the anatomy of the lumbo-pelvic region and its relevancy for clinical practice
  • Appreciate the importance of biomechanical considerations impacting the lumbo-pelvic region
  • Be familiar with the European Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Understand the importance of the fascial anatomy and its clinical consequences
  • Recognize maladaptive compensatory patterning of the spine and pelvis
  • Formulate a clinical reasoning model for the management of patients with lumbo-pelvic dysfunctions
  • Treat patients with acute and chronic lumbopelvic dysfunctions using an evidence-based clinical management approach


Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructor. Coffee breaks and lunch are provided.

Day 18:00–8:30Registration
8:30–9:00An integrated anatomical and biomechanical model for the lumbopelvic spine
9:00–10:30Evolution of the lumbopelvic spine
10:30–10:45Coffee Break
10:45–12:30Lumbopelvic anatomy and biomechanics part 1
1:30–2:45Lumbopelvic anatomy and biomechanics part 2
2:45–3:10Coffee Break
3:10–5:00Evidence based diagnostics of the pelvic girdle
Day 1 END
Day 28:00–8:30Reception, coffee and tea
8:30–10:30The myofascial structure of the spine
10:30–10:45Coffee break
10:45–12:30Fascial structure and clinical consequences
1:30–2:45Maladaptive compensatory patterning of the spine and pelvis
2:45–3:10Coffee Break
3:10–5:00Effective physical therapy diagnosis and treatment of severe chronic lumbopelvic patients
Day 3Practical
8:00–8:30Reception, coffee and tea
8:30–10:30Anatomy in vivo of the spine
10:30-10:45Coffee break
10:45–12:30Physical therapy diagnostics of the lumbopelvic spine
1:30–4:00Treatment, stabilization and stretching lumbopelvic spine