Advances in Cervical and Lumbar Management and Rehabilitation



            This 2-day course is designed to provide participants with the latest evidence for the evaluation, medical and surgical management, and rehabilitation of cervical and lumbar spine disorders.  Course content will be presented from the perspectives of an orthopaedic surgeon, rehab medicine physician, and physical therapists who specialize in the treatment of spinal disorders.  Physician content will include operative and non operative management of patients with spinal disorders. Rehabilitation content will consist of the latest evidence in categorizing patients with spinal disorders and prescribing a rehabilitation program that reflects the most effective methods for treatment. The program will feature an integrated format of lecture, video, case studies, hands-on workshop, and open discussion.  Maximize your time by viewing 5 hours of lecture online at your convenience and only spend 1 and 1/2 days onsite!!There will be both a pre-test and a post-test on the material presented.
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Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy: 16 hours (4 GEN, 12 for Direct Access) - PTCE007133

New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners = 15.5 CEU  #540-2012

Course Tuition = $399 early registration (payment received at least 3 weeks prior to course)

$450 for late registration (payment received less than 3 weeks prior to course)


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Gain a working knowledge of the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical and lumbar spine and how each relates to disorders of the spine.
  • Recognize the pathomechanics of various spinal disorders and how it relates to differential diagnosis of the cervical and lumbar spine.
  • Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the spine and design and implement an appropriate rehabilitation program based on the latest clinical and scientific information.
  • Interpret radiology images and reports, and document treatment outcomes.
  • Understand the indications and techniques of operative and non operative medical interventions to facilitate communication and referrals to other health care professionals as appropriate.

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About the Instructors:

Nader Hebela, MD

Dr. Hebela is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Penn Orthopaedic Institute at the University of Pennsyvania Health System .  He specializes in the surgical and medical management of spine disorders. He has specialty certification by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and is a member of the North American Spine Society. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010.

Christopher Plastaras, MD

Dr. Plastaras is an Assitant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn Spine Center. He has received certification in Electrodiagnostic Medicine in 2009. He is also recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010. He has published several peer reviewed articles.






Timothy Bayruns, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Bayruns is the Spine Orthopaedic Team Leader with Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners. He has over 26 years of clinical and mentorship experience. He is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist as recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University specializing in spine and TMD education. He is active in clinical research and has published in the Orthopedic Section Physical Therapy Practice Journal.




Won Sung, PT, DPT

Dr. Sung is a physical therapist with Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners specializing in clinical care of patients with spinal dysfunction. he is adjunct faculty with the Department of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. His research focus is in muscle function, spinal disorders, and biomechanics. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Drexel University in Movement Sciences.


West Arm Therapy
3160 Kipp Ave
Lower Burrell, PA 15068

(Pittsburgh, PA area)


For more information or questions about this course please contact us at:

phone: (484) 685-3123