Spine Physiotherapy Course – Specialist Certificate

About this course

This online course covers spine physiotherapy, from spinal biomechanics and anatomy to non-operative management of various spine conditions.

Course structure: It is made up of 25 online lectures (Lecture List PDF) in four Knowledge Packages. You can purchase and work through the Specialist Certificate package-by-package. The knowledge packages are:

Assessment: Each of the 25 Lectures has an online assessment, and there is a final online exam that must be passed successfully to be awarded the certificate.

Location: This course is completely online, so no travel necessary. You can study at your own pace, wherever there’s an internet connection.

Eligibility & who this course is for

There are no strict eligibility criteria for this course. Anyone can take it if they think the educational contents would be interesting or useful to them.

The course is designed for the needs of Physical Therapists / Physiotherapists working in support of a spine surgery service.

Trainee Physiotherapists seeking to support their spine-specific training would also find this course useful.

How to enrol on this course

This course can be purchased and started immediately – just click the Enrol Now button to get started.

Enrolment Fee: €1425

Certificate may also be bought Package-by-Package to spread out the cost

Enrolment Fee: €1425

Certificate may also be bought Package-by-Package to spread out the cost

Enrolment Fee includes:

  • 25 online lectures in video format with English transcription
  • Pre- and post- learning assessments for each lecture
  • Additional learning materials
  • Examination
  • Final certificate

CME Credits: 75 CME Credits available

Tuition language: English

Study Commitment: Self-paced, but we recommend you study 1hr per day on average to complete the course within 3 months

Duration: 12 Months Access


What you will cover in this Specialist Certificate

This Specialist Certificate covers spine physiotherapy, from topics on spine biomechanics and anatomy to non-operative management of various spine conditions (Lecture List PDF).

It is made up of 4 Knowledge Packages – each focused on a particular aspect of spinal physiotherapy – Basic Science, the Degenerative Cervical Spine, the Degenerative Thoracolumbar Spine, and the Deformed Spine.

For thorough physiological knowledge, there are individual lectures on spinal biomechanics, the aging process of the spine, spinal pain and spinal balance, as well as physical and neurological assessment of patients with spinal disorders.

Cervical spine anatomy and imaging of degenerative cervical spine conditions are covered along with details of specific conditions – axial neck pain, cervical radiculopathy and cervical myelopathy, and the non-operative management of all of these.

The thoracolumbar section covers the clinical presentation and diagnostic work up of degenerative disc disorders. Topics covered in-depth in subsequent lectures include the non-operative treatment of spinal stenosis, lumbar spondylosis, lumbar disc herniation and sacroiliac joint pain. There are two lectures on the management and recovery of non-specific low back pain.

Finally, the deformed spine section covers adult, degenerative and idiopathic scoliosis, Scheuermann’s and idiopathic kyphosis, and indications for brace treatment of spinal deformities.


Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the basic science of the spine related to conservative management of spinal disorders
  2. To understand the pathophysiology and conservative treatment of disorders of the cervical spine
  3. To understand the pathophysiology and conservative treatment of disorders of the thoracolumbar spine
  4. To understand the pathophysiology and conservative treatment of the deformed spine

Note: This qualification cannot be used as a route towards the eccElearning Spine Surgery Diploma.

Target Groups


supporting a spine surgery service

Trainee Physiotherapists

seeking to support their spine-specific training

Lectures in this Module

You can browse the individual Lecture in this Module below, or download a PDF of our Physiotherapy Specialist Certificate Lecture List.

1.2 Spinal Biomechanics
1.4 Age-Related Changes of the Spine
1.5 Pathways to Spinal Pain
1.8 Spinal Balance
1.12 Predictors of Treatment Outcome
1.13 History and Physical Assessment
1.15 Neurological Assessment of the Spine
2.1 Applied Surgical Anatomy of the Cervical Spine
2.4 Imaging in Degenerative Cervical Conditions
2.7 Axial Neck Pain
2.8 Non-Operative Management of Axial Neck Pain
2.11 Non-Operative Management of Cervical Radiculopathy
2.16 Natural History and Non-Operative Management of Cervical Myelopathy
3.2 Clinical Presentation and Diagnostic Workup including Classification of Disc Herniation, Radiculopathy and Thoracic Myelopathy
3.3 Non-operative Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation
3.8 Spinal Stenosis: Non-Operative Treatment, Rehab, Medication
3.12 Non-Operative Treatment of Lumbar Spondylosis
3.18 Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Evaluation and Treatment
3.19 Management of non-specific low back pain
3.20 Psychosocial factors in low back pain management
4.1 Adult Scoliosis – Natural History and Assessment
4.4 Degenerative Scoliosis: Clinical Presentation and Diagnostic Workup
4.14 Scheuermann’s and Idiopathic Kyphosis – Management and Outcome
5.4 Idiopathic Scoliosis and Its Natural History
5.14 Indication for Brace Treatment
Logos of Endorsed by European Spine Journal, CME Accredited by EACCME, Supported by Spine and Open Operating Theatre

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Spine Physiotherapy Specialist Certificate

  • 25 Online Spine Radiology Specialist Lectures
  • 50 Pre- and Post-Learning Assessments
  • Downloadable References from European Spine Journal, Spine, Open Operating Theatre and more
  • 75 CME Credits
  • Certificate Examination
  • 12 Months Access

Enrolment Fee: €1425

Certificate may also be bought Package-by-Package to spread out the cost

Modules of the Spine Physiotherapy Specialist Certificate Course

The Spine Physiotherapy Specialist Certificate contains 4 Physiotherapy Knowledge Packages. You can enrol on each Knowledge Package individually to spread out the cost of the Specialist Certificate. Find out more information on each Package by the links below:

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Imaging in the Spine Basics & Complications Knowledge Package

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an eccElearning Specialist Certificate?

A: eccElearning Specialist Certificates are in-depth medical educational courses focused on a specific area of expertise - for example, Spine Trauma or Spine Tumours. They contain 3-6 Knowledge Packages and 13-23 online spine surgery Lectures and all materials associated with them, including narrated Lecture presentations, assessments, downloadable references, CME Credits and the Specialist Certificate Examination. You can work towards the full Spine Surgery Diploma qualification by completing all 9 of the Advanced Specialist Certificates.

Q: What does a Specialist Certificate include?

A: Specialist Certificates are made up of all the relevant Knowledge Packages in a given area, so include 13-23 Lectures. This means you get all online Lecture Presentations, downloadable references, pre- and post- learning assessments, CME Credits and the Certificate Examination. You will have access to all these materials for 12 months.

Q: Who recognises the Specialist Certificate?

A: All eccElearning Lectures are CME accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), of the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). EACCME credits can be converted into an equivalent number of American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits, so you can be sure the qualification is recognised internationally. eccElearning is also endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

Q: Is there a final exam?

A: All our Specialist Certificates have a final 1-hour multiple-choice Examination. The Examination is only able to be taken once all the Lecture Assessments for that Certificate have been completed successfully.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing a Specialist Certificate?

A: Yes, you have a study period of 12 Months, though typical completion time is 2-3 Months. 

Q: Can I request an extension?

A: Extensions are possible in justifiable circumstances. Contact us via our feedback/enquiry form to discuss your case.

Q: Can I try before I buy?

A: Yes. A free trial Lecture is available for you to review. Just register at www.eccelearning.com and navigate to Your Free Demo Lecture. 

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: All major credit and debit cards.

Q: What is your cancellation and refund policy?

A: Candidates may apply for a full or partial refund within 14 days of a purchase. A refund will only be granted if there has been no significant activity on the respective content by the candidate. Applications for refunds may be sent via the contact form.

Q: Is there an advantage to buying the Specialist Certificate, rather than the relevant Knowledge Packages?

A: Yes. It is more cost-effective to buy a Specialist Certificate, rather than all the relevant Knowledge Packages. You also get all of the downloadable references when you buy a Specialist Certificate. Knowledge Packages include only the 'Compulsory' reference materials.

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