The Rehabilitation of Back Pain with Thomas Dekkers

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Venue Tallaght University Hospital (Physiotherapy Department)
City Dublin
County Dublin
Contact Hours 7
Event Type Course/Workshop
Specialities Musculoskeletal Therapy
Presenter Details Thomas Dekkers, MPhty MSc BSc (Hons) CSCS
Thomas is a Physiotherapist, researcher and educator with over 15 years experience in the field of musculoskeletal and sports medicine. Clinically, he has worked across multiple sectors including the NHS, private practice and professional sport. He practiced for many years on London’s Harley Street as a spinal specialist Physiotherapist and has worked extensively with Olympic athletes at the English Institute of Sport, in addition to athletes from professional soccer, rugby, boxing and inter-county GAA. He holds a BSc degree in Physiology from University College Cork, a Masters in Physiotherapy from University of East Anglia and a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is currently completing a PhD at Technological University Dublin investigating the rehabilitation of athletes with back pain and has numerous peer-reviewed publications. His passion is in the use of exercise medicine for patients with spinal pain and he teaches internationally in the area of spinal rehabilitation and athletic back pain.
Refreshments Included Yes
Free Event No
How to Book Book Online
Contact Person Antoinette Curley
Contact Email [email protected]
Date 11 Mar 2023 09:00 - 11 Mar 2023 17:00
CPMT Members - Musculoskeletal Therapy members only €160.00
ISCP Members €170.00
Non ISCP Members €200.00

Learning Outcomes/objectives:

In this one-day course, Thomas delivers a clear approach to the rehabilitation of low back pain (LBP). Drawing on numerous schools of thought, up to date research and his own extensive experience, he presents an evidenced based framework that will help clinicians make sense of the patient in front of them and to choose effective management strategies. 

The course is highly practical, with particular focus on developing individualized exercise programs for patients, drawing on Motor Control, Strength & Conditioning and Functional Training approaches, amongst others. This allows participants to become flexible in their use of exercise medicine so that they can tailor programs to match the individual patient’s needs. 

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of developments in the field spinal rehabilitation and exercise medicine and will develop confidence in managing patients with complex back pain through clear evidenced-informed educationand exercise prescription. The result is that participants develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to manage low back pain within a biopsychosocial framework while at the same time (and very importantly) enjoying their clinical practice. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will have an appreciation of:


  1. The anatomy, biomechanics and pathology of the lumbar spine
  2. The biopsychosocial factors relating to LBP
  3. The research evidence for the use of exercise medicine in the rehabilitation of LBP
  4. An evidence-based framework for the prescription of exercise in LBP
  5. The lumbar spine physical examination including the assessment of posture, movement, strength and endurance.
  6. A wide range of rehabilitation exercise strategies and how, when and why to implement them in clinical practice to maximize clinical efficacy.

Registration for this event is now closed. Please contact Antoinette Curley, [email protected] for further details.