Low Back Pain: Clinically Differentiating High Lumbar Radiculopathy and Rectus Femoris Muscle Strain

Des Moines, IA US
April 4, 2019


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Among other causes, low back pain may be secondary to mechanical strain or lumbar radiculopathy. Currently, there are no means of clinically differentiating low back pain secondary to strain in the rectus femoris muscle and low back pain secondary to femoral nerve neuropathy. This presentation will discuss a project which proposes a physical exam maneuver to help clinically differentiate femoral nerve neuropathy and rectus femoris strain.

Target Audience

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.


  • Identify a physical exam maneuver that can be used to differentiate a high lumbar radiculopathy (e.g. femoral neuropathy) from a rectus femoris muscle strain .
  • Identify the relevant anatomy of the physical exam maneuver.
  • Demonstrate the utility of the physical exam maneuver in clinical decision-making.
  • Summarize the physical therapy approach to differentiating between femoral nerve neuropathy and recuts femoris strain in a patient presenting with low back pain. 
  • Summarize the physical therapy treatment approach for a femoral nerve neuropathy versus a rectus femoris strain. 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/04/2019 - 7:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/04/2019 - 8:00am CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Student Education Center Auditorium
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Amber Brown, DO'19
OMM Fellow, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University

Nick Maiers, PT, DPT, CMT
Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Des Moines University

Relevant to the content of this activity, the speakers indicate they have no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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